Virginia woman with history of mental illness dies in police custody after being Tasered
An inmate in northern Virginia died last week after being restrained and Tasered while being transported to the Alexandria Adult Detention Center, WNEW reports.
According to police, 37-year-old Natasha McKenna refused to comply with deputies’ commands while being transported from the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center to the Alexandria facility. Deputies then restrained and Tasered her.
Police said that she was immediately checked by medical personal on scene before being moved to another area of the detention center to await transport.
While there, she experienced a “medical emergency,” and EMS was notified. She was taken to a local hospital, where she remained on life support until Sunday night.
McKenna had been arrested for assaulting a police officer, but remained in jail because she was unable to pay bond. Sources told the Washington Post that, prior to the botched transport, she was being held in the Fairfax county jail’s mental health unit.
The Fairfax County Police have initiated an in-custody inmate death investigation.
“We anticipate a prompt and comprehensive investigation and will continue to update our website as new information becomes available,” Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid said in a statement.