Coroner says neck compression, blunt force trauma killed man who fought BPD

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Coroner's Office says a 63-year-old man died as a result of injuries suffered while Bakersfield Police officers were detaining him.

The coroner says Jose Vilorio suffered from blunt force trauma with neck compression, and his death has been ruled a homicide.

The incident happened October 3 in the 1800 block of Lacey Street in south Bakersfield.

At the time, Bakersfield Police reported they responded to reports of a man threatening his neighbors with a Machete. Neighbors reported Vilorio had alledgedly stolen several items from a womans home.

When officers arrived, they say Vilorio resisted arrest. officers say they had to use force to take Vilorio into custody, but after detaining him, Vilorio was no longer breathing and had no pulse.

Vilorio was transported to San Joaquin Community Hospital but was pronounced dead. The two officers involved, a two-year and 10-year veteran of the force, were placed on administrative leave.

This is a developing story.

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