Man bit by Kern County Sheriff's K-9 after resisting arrest, dies

Deputies believe man was under the influence

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - According to Kern County Sheriff's deputies, a man resisting arrest at a Walgreens store died, Wednesday, after being bitten by a Sheriff's K-9 during the incident earlier this month. 

On August 19, deputies were dispatched to the Walgreens on Mt. Vernon Avenue on a call about two suspicious Hispanic men who were inside the store "acting strange". 

Once deputies arrived, they found Ronnie Ledesma Jr., 39, who appeared to be showing symptoms consistent with being under the influence of PCP. 

When deputies attempted to arrest Ledesma, he became uncooperative, and that is when he was bit by the K-9. 

Even then, Ledesma continued to struggle with deputies, who said they had to use impact weapons and control holds to subdue him. 

He was eventually arrested on suspicion of a felony count of resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor resisting arrest. 

Deputies had to transport Ledesma to Kern Medical Center, shortly after the arrest, for treatment of the injuries he sustained during the incident. He was later admitted for further treatment and with his condition worsening, died around 10 p.m., Wednesday night. 

Preliminary toxicological reports revealed that Ledesma had PCP, amphetamines, and Benzodiazapine in his system.

Detectives have begun an investigation into the death of Ledesma. An autopsy was performed on him on Thursday. The results of the autopsy are pending further toxicological testing.

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