Multiple deputies needed to subdue man who later died at KMC

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Sheriff deputies said 33-year-old David Sal Silva, died at Kern Medical Center early Wednesday morning after being found highly intoxicated and resisting arrest at the corner of Palm and Flower in East Bakersfield.

At 11:38 p.m. Tuesday, a KMC security guard patrolling the area was the one who reportedly found Silva unconscious a block away from the hospital.

KCSO Spokesperson Ray Pruitt told 23 ABC it took 5 deputies, 2 CHP officers and a K-9 to subdue Silva.

Pruitt said officers were forced to use their batons to arrest Silva but no tazers, pepper spray or guns were used during the altercation.

Once Silva was taken into custody deputies noticed his breath was shallow and quickly called an ambulance, Pruitt said.

Silva was pronounced dead at KMC at 12:44 this morning.

The intersection of Palm and Flower has been re-opened after being closed for several hours during the investigation.


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