Police Investigate In-Custody Death

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News Release: 12/115/0054/sb/(4)
April 24, 2012

Police Investigate In-Custody Death

Mason Police District – Detectives are investigating the death of an 85-year-old woman who died during a police transport. Officers were called to Inova Fairfax Hospital emergency room around 3:27 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, for a woman who was acting irrationally. They determined that while being examined, the woman exhibited mental confusion and there were concerns for her safety.

The decision was made to transport her to Woodburn Mental Health, located at 3340 Woodburn Road, for further evaluation. She was placed in the police cruiser and experienced medical distress during the drive. Officers immediately summoned rescue personnel and began CPR.

Mary Jean Martin, of 11131 Stuart Mill Road in Oakton, was transported by ambulance back to Fairfax Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The Office of the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.    

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