Man dies after getting into fight with several nightclub bouncer

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Man dies after getting into fight with several nightclub bouncers

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IMPERIAL VALLEY, Calif. (KSWT News 13) – Police continue to investigate the death of a bar patron who got into a fight with several bouncers and died.

Police say they have not arrested any of the bouncers involved in the fight that happened just before Daniel Romero died.

KSWT News 13 spoke to Robert Prada, the owner of Kashmir, the nightclub where Romero got into a fight with a bar bouncer early Sunday morning.

Prada says he has turned over all surveillance video to police.

Prada also says Romero, who was a trained MMA fighter and Army veteran, punched one of his bouncers.

"When security went and apprehended the individual and asked him to step outside, he did not cooperate, and he took a swing and struck one of my security guards," Prada said.

Prada tells KSWT News 13 that is when two other bouncers stepped in to hold Romero down.

"He was detained. I believe it took four guards to control him and get him out," Prada said.

A short time later, Romero stopped breathing.

When asked if his bouncers reacted appropriately, Prada said, "They did not touch him prior to him striking the guard. They then apprehended him so he could not get out of control. The guards took him out of the building and restrained him outside."

KSWT also asked Prada if there was any sign of Romero not being able to breathe during the fight.

"No. The video surveillance does not show any kind of striking or anything like that. My guards responded in a professional manner. They reacted as soon as he swung."

Paramedics rushed Romero to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

Still, the question remains: What happened to Romero while he was being restrained by four bouncers outside of the bar?

The Imperial County Sheriffs Coroner's Office tells KSWT News 13 that autopsy results should be released tomorrow.

 

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