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Man shot by deputies following manhunt in East Bakersfield dies

Posted at 3:18 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 00:29:11-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE: Justin Esqueda, the man shot by deputies on Oct. 28 following a manhunt in East Bakersfield, has died from his injuries, according to the Kern County Coroner's Office.

According to the coroner's report, Esqueda died at the Fresno Community Regional Medical Center Saturday.

A postmortem examination will be conducted to confirm the cause and manner of death.


The man shot by Kern County Sheriff deputies following a manhunt in East Bakersfield has been identified as Justin Esqueda, 30. Authorities said he is currently being treated at a hospital.

According to KCSO, Esqueda faces six counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, one count of felon in possession of a gun, one count of felon in possession of ammunition and one count of possession of a short-barreled rifle.

KCSO said that three deputies were involved in the shooting and have all been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Court records show that Esqueda has three previous DUI convictions as well as spousal abuse and child cruelty convictions.


An investigation continues Thursday after multiple shootings involving Kern County Sheriff's deputies.

KCSO told 23ABC on Wednesday deputies opened fire after engaging with an armed suspect who allegedly fired at them. According to the county sheriff's office, one victim was found by officers when they arrived on the scene.

A few minutes later deputies located the suspect who was armed with a rifle. That is when the officer-involved shooting happened but the suspect was able to run away.

Air crews found the suspect going through backyards when he started firing shots at the helicopter.

Deputies and the air crews were able to find the suspect at the 3000 block of Dartmouth Street. This is where another officer-involved shooting happened and the suspect went down. The suspect was then arrested and is currently being treated at a local hospital.

This is an ongoing investigation.