Police in Rural Pennsylvania shot a 15-foot pet snake after receiving an emergency call on Wednesday afternoon where they found an unresponsive man with the snake wrapped around his body.
Upper Macungie police lieutenant, Peter Nickischer, told The Independent: "It's one of those situations where the officers don't have the time, the liberty to ask a lot of questions. They have to act right away and then it's a matter of, OK, let's get this person into the ambulance as soon as possible."
The victim, 28, who has not yet been named, is said to be in a local hospital receiving treatment.
Police officers were called to the property in Fogelsville at approximately 2pm by a family member who was inside the home, they reported that the man had suffered a cardiac arrest while the snake was wrapped around his neck.
Lieutenant Nickischer described how the officers found the man in a "very serious" condition.
The snake was long enough that its head was far enough away from the man's body for officers to safely take a shot.
Lt Nickischer said that the snake did not instantly die but released its grip and slithered away.
Officers then moved the unresponsive victim to the waiting paramedic crew who rushed to treat him.
The police lieutenant, a 19-year veteran of the force, said he has never seen "nothing like this" in his entire career.
Officers discovered that the victim had multiple snake enclosures in his home.
Authorities are unsure of what species of snake was wrapped around the man and have said they don't intend to carry out any further investigations. Lt Nickischer added: "It was an accident really, it's just about that person hopefully making a full recovery in the hospital."