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Virginia Woman Dies After Being Tased By Deputy In Jail

| by Michael Allen

Natasha McKenna, 37, died on Sunday after being taken off life support in Fairfax, Virginia.

According to the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, deputies attempted to transfer McKenna from the Fairfax County jail to the Alexandria city jail last Tuesday, noted the Associated Press.

Lt. Steve Elbert said today that a deputy used a Taser to restrain McKenna, who was allegedly non-compliant. After being tased, she experienced a medical emergency, was taken to the Inova Fairfax Hospital and placed on life support.

Lt. Elbert didn't say how many times the deputy used a Taser on McKenna, where exactly she was tased or how she resisted.

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Fairfax County Police Department spokesman Bud Walker also wouldn't say how many times McKenna was tased or where, but added, “We are just beginning [the investigation].”

“We anticipate a prompt and comprehensive investigation and will continue to update our website as new information becomes available,” Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid said on Sunday, reported The Washington Post.

McKenna was jailed in a mental health unit inside the jail on Jan. 26 for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

Sources: Associated Press, The Washington Post
Image Credit: United States military