Man who passed away after experiencing “excited delirium” identified

UPDATE: 1:27 p.m. — The man involved in Monday’s incident has been identified as Jeremiah Janis of Rapid City.

An autopsy has been completed, however officials are awaiting further test results before making a final determination of his cause of death.

Police say Janis passed away after experiencing an episode of “excited delirium.”

The condition is broadly defined as a state of agitation, aggression, paranoia, intolerance to pain and unexpected physical strength.

It may be associated with certain medical conditions or drug use.


RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City police are investigating an incident that happened Monday morning when a man who was experiencing “excited delirium” burglarized a vehicle, damaged another vehicle and then broke into a motel room. The man later passed away after being apprehended and transported to the hospital.

The incident happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. on May 6 when authorities were called to the area of East Omaha Street and Maple Avenue after receiving multiple reports that an individual was attempting to fight with occupants of a passing car.

It was reported that the male suspect broke the back hatch of the vehicle and climbed inside. The driver came to a stop near 102 Maple Avenue and the occupants of the car got out. The suspect also exited the vehicle and began causing damage to an SUV parked nearby — at one point even butting his head against it.

Shortly after, the suspect approached a nearby motel where he broke through a window and entered one of the rooms. The occupant of the room was armed with a baseball bat and hit the man several times before he exited the room.

At this point, officers confronted the man outside the motel. They ended up pepper-spraying him and tasering him after he refused to comply to commands.

A medical unit was called to the scene to treat the man for injuries sustained during the burglary and assault. He was transported to the hospital where he later passed away. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday to determine the man’s exact cause of death.

His name is being withheld until proper notification of his next-of-kin.

Excited delirium is broadly defined as a state of agitation, aggression, paranoia, intolerance to pain and unexpected physical strength that may be associated with certain psychiatric disorders or drug use.


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