(South Florida Sun-Sentinel) Two times in one week, Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies were confronted with rampaging men who tore off their clothes, shouted gibberish and fought with "super human" strength against all attempts to stop them.
The cases – which happened within four days of each other and left one dead, three injured and a 17-year-old facing a host of charges – may have more in common than their bizarre details, authorities say. They may have also both been triggered by a rare brain malfunction.
Authorities have said both outbursts could have been attributed "excited delirium syndrome." Frequently fatal, the condition is often, but not always, brought on by stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine, or by mental illness. Less commonly, experts say, it can strike people who are under high stress and not getting enough sleep.
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