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Bakersfield Police Department not elaborating on "use of force" that left man in critical condition

Posted at 6:47 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 21:47:13-04

Bakersfield police arrested a man who stole several items and threatened to kill a victim with a machete Sunday around 11:50 p.m. in South Bakersfield.

Officer Zachary Burdick, who was hired on March 10, 2014, and Officer Timothy McIrvin, who was hired on July 10, 2006, were the two officers who responded. 

Officials said according to the 911 caller the victim tried to get their items back when the suspect grabbed a machete and threatened to kill them. 

Officers tried to detain the suspect, 63-year-old Jose Cesar Viloria, and he resisted arrested. Police said they used force to arrest him, but didn't elaborate. 

After taking Viloria into custody, they noticed Viloria wasn't breathing and could not find a pulse, so they called for an ambulance and started CPR.

The suspect was taken to the hospital in critical condition and arrested for terrorist threats, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer. The machete was recovered.

The incident is being investigated as a critical incident. The two officers involved were put on administrative leave.

BPD denied an on camera interview and would not elaborate on the use of force Tuesday. Sergeant Gary Carruesco with BPD sent over the following statement:

“At this time, we will not be releasing details regarding the specific type of force used to take Mr. Viloria into custody," Sergeant Gary Carruesco shared. "Once all personnel, witnesses and involved parties have been interviewed, we will disseminate that information. This is still an active and ongoing investigation and we want to ensure that any details we release will not compromise the integrity of the case.”