Officer Bitten On Head During Fight, Loses Piece Of Scalp

Multiple Agencies Join To Help Officers Fight

An officer was bitten on the head during a fight that left him with part of his scalp removed.

On Tuesday around 8 p.m., officers J. Beagley and F. Juarez with the Bakersfield Police Department responded to the 3500 block of Madison Avenue to an assault incident involving a weapon.

When officers arrived, they said William Owten, a registered sex offender, resisted arrest and began to fight with the officers.

During the fight, Officer Juarez was bitten on the head by Owten, who removed a piece of his scalp, April Grant of the BPD said.

Moments later, Officer A. Pflugh arrived on scene and deployed her Taser in an attempt to place Owten in custody.

As a large crowd gathered around the officers, additional units were summoned along with officers from the Kern County Sheriff Department and the California Highway Patrol to assist.

Owten was eventually taken into custody.

Owten was treated at Kern Medical Center for his injuries.

Owten was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a peace officer by violent means and mayhem.

Owten is currently being held on a $1.1 million bail.

He is scheduled to be in court on Friday.

Juarez and Beagley also sustained injuries and were treated at Memorial Hospital.

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