Update: Taft man dead after altercation with another man

Incident occurred at about 11 p.m. on July 5

TAFT, Calif. - One man is dead after an altercation outside a bar in Taft. 

According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, at about 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, the Taft Police Department responded to a call of a fight at Buckolies Bar, 621 Center Street.

When police got to the scene, they found Billy Joel Burell, Jr., 42, from Taft, on the ground with a head injury. Burell was immediately taken to Mercy Southwest Hospital where he died from his injuries at about 11:50 p.m.

The KCSO said in a statement that Burell was involved in an altercation with 24-year-old Lyndon Faagu, who is believed to have pushed Burell when he fell back and hit his head on the concrete.

Faagu was arrested and booked into the Taft Jail on suspicion of murder. The Kern County District Attorney's office will decide whether or not charges will filed in court.

An autopsy is scheduled to take place in the coming week to determine the cause and manner of Burrel's death. 

No weapons seem to be involved in this case, which remains under investigation.

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