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BPD: Man who 'stopped breathing' while being detained currently in critical condition

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 20:58:49-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Two Bakersfield police officers have been placed on administrative leave after a man who was taken into custody stopped breathing.

According to BPD, officers received a call on Monday around 8:08 p.m. from CHP officials to help with a nude man in the area of Highway 58 and South Oswell Street.

Before officers could get to the scene the call was reportedly canceled after Highway Patrol said they could not find the suspect.

Shortly after, around 8:24 p.m., the Bakersfield Police Department received a call from a citizen about "a nude male" in the area of Kimber Avenue and South Oswell Street.

Two Bakersfield police officers found the man which had reportedly refused to cooperate with the officers’ orders.

According to BPD, the two cops used force to take the man into custody following him experiencing an "undetermined medical event."

BPD says, the officers immediately noticed the man had stopped breathing and requested medical aid and immediately performed CPR on him.

The man was transported to Kern Medical where he remains in critical condition.

According to BPD, the officers involved in the incident were placed on routine administrative leave. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Detective Gavin at (661) 326-3557 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.