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Man stops breathing after arrest by Redding police

A man is in critical condition at Mercy Medical Center after he stopped breathing while being restrained by police officers Saturday, Redding police said.

Police were called by a Merit Medical Transportation driver who had driven a mental health patient from Chico. He said the patient became combative after arriving in Redding. He locked the passenger in the back seat of a car at the Restpaddcq Psychiatric Health Facility on Eureka Way while waiting for police.

When officers arrived at 10:30 p.m., police said, the man got out of the vehicle and assaulted an officer before several more could restrain him. After officers gained control of the man, they found he had stopped breathing, according to reports.

The names of those involved have not been released.