Sheriff: Man dies after choking on drugs while in custody

Autopsy: Cause of death pending

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A second suspect has died while in Kern County Sheriff's custody in less than two months.

On Monday, June 17, at about 9:40 p.m., deputies said they were in the area of J and Mint searching for a man with a felony warrant, when they came across another suspect, identified as 25-year-old Wilfredo Ramos, acting suspicious.

When deputies tried to contact him, Ramos reportedly ran from deputies while throwing things out of his pockets.

A brief confrontation ensued and Ramos was taken into custody.

Once in custody the 25-year-old was offered medical aid for minor abrasions but refused treatment.

A short time later when deputies said they went to question him in a patrol car they noticed he was suffering medical complications.

Officials said they immediately uncuffed Ramos and began CPR until paramedics arrived on scene.

Ray Pruitt with KCSO said once paramedics took over they found something unusual in the man's throat.

"While ambulance personnel were performing CPR on the suspect ambulance personnel removed what appeared to be two plastic baggies from the throat of the suspect. The plastic baggies appear to contain some type of illegal controlled substance", Pruitt said.

Ramos was pronounced dead at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital before 11:40 p.m., Monday night.

The autopsy was completed on Tuesday afternoon, saying 'the cause of death is pending further toxicological studies.'


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