Authorities believe the man who died while Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies served a warrant last Friday passed away from “excited delirium”. He has been identified as 34 year old Bradley Hartz. Deputies served the warrant at 14th and “B” Streets in Omaha Friday afternoon. Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning says records show Hartz called the sheriff’s office on March 25th.
“Hartz made a phone call to the sheriff’s office and said I plan to hurt anyone who tries to come and claim it, referring to an unpaid debt. I am coming to hurt these people and all of those planning to help them, including the sheriff. In fact, contact your swat people and let them know who I am and what I intend to do, end of quote.”
Sheriff Dunning says on March 29th a bulletin was issued regarding Hartz and officer safety due to a number of threats. Along with one search warrant there were several others issued for his arrest.
“The search warrant was for telephone and computer record and equipment. The felony warrant was for terroristic threats. The misdemeanor warrant was for telephone harassment.”
Sheriff Dunning says four deputies were present when the warrant was served. All four suffered injuries ranging from injured wrists and hands, a concussion and human bites. He says it is clear that Hartz panicked.
“Excited delirium very commonly comes with drug use.”
Excited Delirium that can cause resistance to pain and superhuman strength. Deputies did not fire their service weapons during the struggle.