Sheriff Donny Youngblood speaks on alleged beating, killing of Bakersfield resident David Silva
Sheriff: 'I'll stand up, tell you' what we did
5:08 PM, May 10, 2013
7:40 PM, May 4, 2016
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 23ABC reached out to Sheriff Donny Youngblood late this afternoon in response to the witness 911 tape and the case itself.
"I'm waiting until this investigation is done so that I can look at it objectively and decide whether we did something wrong and if we did, I'll stand up and tell you that we did. If we didn't, I'll stand up and tell you that we didn't," said Sheriff Youngblood.
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.
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.
Download our 23ABC mobile and tablet app to stay up-to-date with this developing story.