Tenn. man dies after 2 weeks at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield

Man was assaulted on March 23


A Tennessee man has died after spending nearly two weeks in a Bakersfield hospital.

On March 23, at about 3:30 p.m., Kern County Sheriff’s deputies went to the Vons shopping center parking lot on Olive Drive regarding an assault.

When deputies arrived they said they found 39-year-old Richard Joseph Gilroy unconscious in the parking lot.

Witnesses at the scene told deputies that Gilroy had been involved in a physical fight with a motorist, who was described as a white male 25-30 years old, driving a green Ford pickup. During the confrontation Gilroy was struck in the face and fell to the ground.

Gilroy was taken to Kern Medical Center and sustained major injuries.

After investigating, deputies said they were able to arrest 27-year-old Travis Michael Lamb for the assault on Gilroy. On March 29, at about 10:00 p.m., deputies observed Lamb driving a green Ford pickup in the area of Roberts Lane and Oildale Drive in Oildale. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Lamb and were able to take him into custody.

Lamb was booked into the Kern County Jail for attempt murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery with serious bodily injury.

On April 5, at about 5:30 a.m., Gilroy died at Kern Medical Center for his injuries. An autopsy is scheduled for early next week.

Charges against Lamb may be amended after review by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. Lamb’s bail has been set at $600,000.


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