DA: Man who died after arrest had ‘cocaine-induced excited delirium'

KUSA - The 17th Judicial District attorney released a decision letter Thursday saying that his office will not file charges against the Adams County Sheriff’s deputies involved in an incident involving an agitated suspect who died of a medical episode shortly after he was placed into handcuffs. 

Medical examiners say the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Paul Egli, died of cocaine-induced excited delirium. A large tumor on his vocal cord contributed to his death, according to the decision letter. 

Investigators say the evening of Aug. 19, Adams County Sheriff’s deputies went to the Super 8 Motel at 5888 N. Broadway after receiving a report of a suspicious person running around the motel parking lot in his underwear. 

That suspect, later identified as Egli, ignored commands from the deputies to stop and began to run away. At one point, a deputy was able to approach him from behind and attempt to place him into handcuffs. 

It took the help of two other deputies to subdue him and ultimately put him into handcuffs, the DA’s decision letter says. 

Shortly thereafter, the deputies say they realized Egli was in distress and called for an ambulance.

They took him out of the handcuffs and began conducting CPR, according to the DA. 

Egli was later taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Ensuing interviews with witnesses revealed that Egli had been acting strangely at the motel before the deputies were called. 

According to the DA’s letter, investigators found drug paraphernalia, suspected marijuana and a white substance in containers labeled “marijuana” inside Egli’s motel room.

DA Dave Young says his office opted not to file charges because Egli did not die as a result of force from the officers, and that surveillance video and interviews with witnesses does not indicate the deputies did anything improper. 

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