The 28-year-old is recovering in hospital following the attack. Lieutenant Peter Nickischer, Upper Macungie Township Police Department, slipped and eventually died from the wound of an injured snake.
Nickischer said two police officers responded at 2:12 p.m. Wednesday to the home in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, a rural town in the eastern part of the state, where the man is believed to have gone into cardiac arrest after giving birth. snake wrapped around his throat.
He said that after entering the house, the staff encountered a family member guiding them south to the owner, who was lying motionless, choked by the snake. The snake was at least 15 feet long, he said.
“It was a dire situation,” said Nickischer. “Without a doubt, it was a life-or-death situation for this person.”
He said when officers surveyed the hallway, they observed the man lying on the threshold between the hallway and a room, where the snake was staring in the direction of the officer. Nickischer said an officer fired one shot, hitting the snake in the head, which was so far away from the man because of its long body.
He told CNN, officers pulled the victim out of the snake and into the living room, where several firefighters and EMS officers provided emergency care before transporting the man to the hospital.
Nickischer said the man was keeping the snake in the house as a pet and officers found two other snakes in the house.
He said officers made “a snap decision” that saved the man’s life. He said that he believed the man would die if he didn’t.
Nickischer said: “I’m 19. We’ve had some pretty terrible calls. “This is definitely one near the top of my list.”