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Tragic traffic stop in Imperial

(CHP releases a statement)…They have not, however, confirmed the Identity of the person involved.

According to the statement read by California Highway Patrol Officer German Lazarin, At around 1:22 Sunday afternoon, a Highway Patrol canine unit made an enforcement stop on a white Chrysler 300, when the driver became extremely combative and swung at the officer. Lazarin says the officer deployed his dog, who bit the man in the arm. The driver grabbed the dog and put it in a chokehold, punching the animal several times. The statement says officers continued to struggle with the driver, and he was tasered to release the chokehold on the dog, which had become limp and unresponsive. The struggle continued to the ground, and officers handcuffed the driver. The statement says the driver became unresponsive and officers provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation before paramedics arrived and transported the driver to El Centro Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced dead about an hour later at the hospital. Imperial Police also responded to the call. The driver has been identified, but the CHP is not releasing the name. The CHP says the cause of death has not been determined and the investigation is continuing. The CHP canine was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.