Police say suburban Omaha man strangled by python

Police say a Papillion man died after he was strangled by his pet python.

Papillion Police Lt. Chris Whitted says 34-year-old Cory Byrne died Wednesday night at Midlands Hospital in Papillion, just hours after police and paramedics pried the 6- to 9-foot-long snake from around Byrne's neck.

Whitted says an officer was called to Byrne's apartment near downtown Papillion around 5:40 p.m. The officer found Byrne on the ground, with the snake still around his neck.

Paramedics soon arrived and helped get the snake off Byrne and back into a cage.

The Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha has taken custody of the snake.