Hagerstown man who went into cardiac arrest while being restrained by police has died
James Edward Adell (June 25, 2013)
James Edward Adell, 34, of 250 N. Mulberry St. had been listed in critical condition from the time he arrived at the hospital until he died at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, after he was taken off of life support, according to Hagerstown Police Chief Mark Holtzman.
Adell went into cardiac arrest shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday as he struggled with police who had responded to a call for a disoriented man acting in an erratic manner, a Hagerstown Police Department news release said.
After Adell went into cardiac arrest, life-saving techniques were begun immediately, Holtzman said.
Adell, who reportedly was running through residents’ yards claiming that people were chasing him, was restrained with open-handed techniques, which included holding down his arms and legs, Holtzman said.
“He was kicking and punching the officers,” Holtzman said.
Two officers sustained minor injuries when they were kicked by Adell, he said.
“They were just holding him down .... I think the officers’ actions were appropriate and on par with our policies. I think every action was taken to save him,” he said.
He said officers did not use weapons at any time during the incident.
At one point, a paramedic told police that the man’s body temperature was elevated, Holtzman said. He said officers went to a nearby convenience store and grabbed bags of ice, taking them back to ambulance personnel to try to bring down Adell’s temperature.
“The ambulance people were able to put ice on him to keep his temperature down,” Holtzman said.
He said officers weren’t sure why Adell was acting erratically.
“We’re going to be subpoenaing the hospital records” in an effort to determine what might have resulted in the man’s behavior, Holtzman said.
The incident occurred around Jefferson and Mulberry streets, where a man later identified as Adell entered a house at one point and told a person inside that he was being chased, police said.
Callers said the disoriented man was sweating profusely, and was generally acting in a bizarre manner.
Emergency medical crews were called, and police handcuffed Adell due to his apparent unstable mental state, police said in the release.
Staff Writer Dave McMillion contributed to this story.