Inmate Death Investigation Ongoing

UPDATE: July 13, 2015

The Fairfax County Police Department received the completed testing and analysis of the electronic control weapon involved in the in-custody death of Natasha McKenna. On July 13, detectives submitted their investigative files and all evidence analysis to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County for review and determination of criminal liability. Read the latest update, which includes a link to a video message by Police Chief Edwin Roessler, on the Police Department's news blog.

UPDATE: June 18, 2015

The Fairfax County Police Department is awaiting test results from an independent lab to evaluate if the conducted energy weapon was operating within its design specifications. Read the latest update on the Police Department's news blog.

UPDATE: May 22, 2015

The Fairfax County Police Department has issued an update regarding its ongoing investigation into the death of Natasha McKenna. Read the latest update on the Police Department's news blog.

UPDATE: April 29, 2015

The Virginia Department of Health's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner provided Natasha McKenna's autopsy report to the Fairfax County Police Department. Read about the report and the status of the investigation on the Police Department's news blog.

UPDATE: April 27, 2015

The Fairfax County Police Department has concluded the interview phase of the criminal investigation into the death of Natasha McKenna and is awaiting a report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Read more on the Police Department's news blog. The Sheriff's Office continues to cooperate with the investigation and cannot comment until the investigation is complete.

UPDATE: March 9, 2015

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office continues to fully cooperate with the Police Department's criminal investigation into the death of Natasha McKenna. Members of the media and community have inquired about gaining access to the video and other evidence related to the investigation.

At this time, the Sheriff's Office cannot release any evidence, including the video, for two significant reasons. First, all of the evidence is part of the ongoing criminal investigation; release of evidence prematurely could compromise the integrity of that investigation. Second, at the start of the investigation, the Sheriff's Office turned over all of the evidence, including the video, to the Police Department.

Sheriff Stacey Kincaid continues to meet and have an open dialogue with members of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and other advocates for people suffering from mental illness. The Sheriff's Office is updating policies, procedures and training based on recommendations by these groups.

UPDATE: February 19, 2015

The Fairfax County Police Department, in conjunction with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, issued a news release with more details regarding the current in-custody death investigation:

The Police Department and the Sheriff's Office will continue to work together to release information and complete a swift, thorough investigation. The Police Department will provide further updates within the next 30 days or as soon as additional information becomes available.

UPDATE: February 8, 2015

A 37-year-old inmate who experienced a medical emergency on February 3 was removed from life support on February 8. Natasha McKenna later passed away.

Sheriff's Office policy dictates that this incident is now classified as an in-custody inmate death. Therefore, the Fairfax County Police Department has been notified, and an investigation is underway. Sheriff's Office personnel are fully cooperating with the investigation. Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid stated, "We anticipate a prompt and comprehensive investigation and will continue to update our website as new information becomes available."

February 5, 2015

On January 26, 2015, a 37-year-old female was committed to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (ADC) on an Alexandria City charge of Assault on Law Enforcement, Judge, Fire/Medical Services. She did not have a bond. On February 3, 2015, the inmate was scheduled to be transported to the Alexandria Adult Detention Center. In order to prepare her for transport to Alexandria, she was asked to comply with deputies' commands. She physically resisted the deputies, and an Electronic Control Device (Taser) was utilized to properly restrain and safely transport her. Once properly restrained and checked by on-scene medical personnel, she was moved to another area of the ADC for transport. She then experienced a medical emergency. EMS was immediately notified. Medical staff and deputies administered life-saving procedures prior to the arrival of EMS. When EMS arrived, they took over the scene and transported the patient to a local hospital where she is currently on life-support. An internal investigation is currently underway regarding this matter.

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