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Monday, Nov 11 2013 05:39 PM

Death of man arrested by deputies outside Walgreens ruled accidental

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    Deputies arrest Ronnie Ledesma Jr. This is a screen shot taken from cell phone video posted by the Kern County Sheriff's Office to YouTube.

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    Deputies arrest Ronnie Ledesma Jr. This is a screen shot taken from cell phone video posted by the Kern County Sheriff's Office to YouTube.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A stroke and blood clot caused the death of a Bakersfield man who was high on PCP and other drugs as he resisted arrest by numerous deputies outside an east Bakersfield store Aug. 19, according to a coroner's office news release.

The death of 39-year-old Ronnie Ledesma Jr. was an accident, the news release said.

A deputy had responded to the Walgreens at 2628 Mt. Vernon Ave. at 8:35 p.m. for a report of two men acting strangely and possibly under the influence of drugs. The deputy tried to detain Ledesma in the parking lot, but according to reports he became uncooperative and then resisted when the deputy attempted to arrest him.

The deputy used a baton and control holds on Ledesma, who continued to struggle, according to reports. More deputies arrived and used baton strikes and a K9 on Ledesma.

Several deputies were eventually able to hold Ledesma down and handcuff him. They took him to Kern Medical Center.

Deputies said Ledesma apologized for trying to hurt them and the K9, and admitted to being on PCP. He began having complications and was admitted to the hospital, where he died nine days later.

Sheriff's officials released a cellphone video of the incident that showed deputies repeatedly telling Ledesma to stop resisting. Ledesma can be heard yelling, and one deputy warns another to watch out for Ledesma's leg.

Toxicology reports revealed Ledesma had amphetamines and benzodiazepine in his system, as well as PCP.

 

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