A 29-year-old man died Wednesday evening while in the custody of Kern County Sheriff’s deputies, department officials said this week.

The Kern County Coroner’s Office identified that man Thursday as Nicholas Grant Lovett.

Deputies were dispatched to the 24200 block of Juniper Avenue in Boron Wednesday at about 6 p.m. to reports of a man under the influence of drugs acting strangely.

The reporting party said Lovett was acting “erratic, hallucinating and touching himself inappropriately,” according to a KCSO news release.

Before deputies arrived, the man fled on foot and began walking around a neighborhood, where another resident called KCSO to report that the man was making threats to neighbors, the release continues.

Deputies found Lovett on the 24400 block of Joshua Avenue and ordered him to the ground. He complied, officers said, but as they were handcuffing him, he began to resist.

A nearby resident helped the officers, the release said.

“Shortly after they handcuffed him, the deputies noticed the subject was no longer breathing,” the news release states. Deputies attempted to save the man, but he died at about 6:40 p.m.

Anyone with information should contact KCSO at 661-861-3110.

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