Death of woman shocked by stun gun in Va. jail ruled accident

Natasha McKenna, 37, died after she was restrained with handcuffs and leg shackles but continued to resist deputies as they attempted to put her into a restraining chair


By C1 Staff

FAIRFAX — The death of a woman who stopped breathing after being shocked four times by deputies has been ruled an accident by the Virginia medical examiner’s office.

The Washington Post reports that Natasha McKenna, 37, died after she was restrained with handcuffs and leg shackles but continued to resist deputies as they attempted to put her into a restraining chair. She was shocked four times with 50,000 volts, after which she stopped breathing and was declared dead several days later at a local hospital.

Police officials quoted the autopsy report, stating that the death was the result of “excited delirium associated with physical restraint including the use of conductive energy device, contributing: Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorder.”

“Accident” was named as the manner of death.

Police are still waiting on the results of an examination of the medical equipment used to monitor McKenna’s vitals before paramedics responded to the adult detention center.

The autopsy report will be included in material turned over to the county commonwealth’s attorney’s office for final determination of any criminal liability.

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