|Sheriff's Press Conference Regarding in Custody Death|
April 8, 2011
Thank you for coming with such short notice.
At approximately 2:43 PM today’s date I was notified that deputies serving a SW and arrest warrants at 1420 B St. encountered a suspect named Bradley R. Hartz, a 34 yr old male, who vigorously fought the deputies injuring four deputies in the struggle. The Douglas County Emergency Services Unit and the Omaha Fire Tactical Medic Unit were there as well.
As a result of this struggle Bradley Hartz apparently began to show signs of Excited Delirium. These symptoms were a sudden onset of bizarre and aggressive behavior, shouting, panic, an unexpected showing of physical strength and many acts of violence in that a Deputy suffered a bite wound to the leg, another Deputy was struck in the head possible causing a concussion and two other Deputies suffered injuries to their hand and wrists.
Hartz was transported to UNMC Code 99 and was later pronounced dead from alleged cardiac arrest.
As soon as I was notified of the incident I contacted Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and gave him the brief information that I had. We decided to request that Omaha Police investigate as many of our investigators were involved in the service of the SW. Since this is an OPD investigation I cannot give you any details of their investigation.
On March 29, 2011 an Intelligence Bulletin was issued regarding Bradley Hartz for Officer Safety. This was as a result of numerous violent threats towards Law Enforcement.
On March 25th Hartz made a phone call to the Sheriff’s Office in which he stated “I plan to hurt whoever tries to come and claim it (referring to an unpaid debt). I am coming to hunt these people and all of those who plan 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.”
Hartz past contact with Law Enforcement included a 1997 Assault & Battery, which resulted in his gun registration being revoked and an Assault & Battery in 1999.
We knew that he had at least two handguns registered to him and considered him a threat. His address was flagged in the computer for Officer Safety. We are very fortunate that a citizen did not have contact with him today as we may very well be investigating a homicide or serious assault from this very angry individual.
The Search Warrant was for telephone and computer records and equipment. The Felony Warrant was for Terroristic Threats and the Misdemeanor Warrant was for Telephone Harassment.