UPDATE – In-Custody Death Investigation Still Ongoing

A comprehensive investigation into the in-custody death of Natasha McKenna remains ongoing. Detectives are awaiting the Office of the Medical Examiner to determine and release the cause and manner of McKenna’s death. Chief Ed Roessler is committed to releasing information to the public as it becomes available.

Previous Release:

The Fairfax County Police Department, in conjunction with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, released the following details regarding the current in-custody death investigation:

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Alexandria City Police Department obtained a felony warrant against Natasha McKenna for assaulting a law enforcement officer (Code of Virginia §18.2-57). The assault occurred during an encounter they had with her on Thursday, Jan. 15. On Sunday, Jan. 25, McKenna called the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications Center reporting that she had been assaulted. The arriving Fairfax County police officer then assisted her with making the report and she agreed to be examined at a local hospital for her alleged injuries. Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene Section also responded to conduct a follow-up investigation. While at the hospital with McKenna, detectives and a victim services specialist assisted with the investigative efforts. During the course of the investigative efforts, McKenna elected to no longer pursue the investigation and declined further police services. During the course of the investigation, a record check revealed McKenna had the outstanding arrest warrant for assaulting a law enforcement officer in Alexandria City. On Monday, Jan. 26, shortly after 1 a.m., McKenna was transported from the hospital to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (ADC), where the warrant was served and she was remanded to the custody of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, as directed by a Fairfax County magistrate. The Sheriff’s Office made contact with Alexandria at approximately 7:40 a.m. to inform them that they were holding an inmate with an Alexandria City charge.

On Saturday, Jan. 31, McKenna physically assaulted a Fairfax County deputy sheriff while incarcerated at the ADC. On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, pursuant to its protocols for managing combative inmates, made a decision to have the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) remove McKenna from her cell for transport to the detention center in the City of Alexandria as related to her charge that originated in the City of Alexandria. As the SERT attempted to secure McKenna in her cell and restrain her for transport, she physically resisted the deputies and refused their commands. The SERT consisted of six deputy sheriffs, which included two supervisors.

During the struggle to restrain McKenna, a member of the SERT deployed a conducted energy weapon (Taser) on McKenna. While being restrained, deputies placed a spit net (which is designed to restrict and prevent spitting) on McKenna. A nurse from the ADC medical staff was present at that time to check on her prior to transport and cleared her for transport. Deputies attempted to put her in a medical transport chair, but McKenna continued to be combative and was moved to a restraint chair for transport to a vehicle transfer area, commonly known as a sally port. A Fairfax County deputy sheriff was assigned to record the deployment of the SERT and the video is currently retained as evidence by detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department and will not be released at this time.

Deputies escorted McKenna from the cell area to the sally port where the transport vehicle was waiting. Once at the sally port, medical personnel from the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office checked McKenna and determined she was experiencing a medical emergency. The spit net and restraints were removed and medical staff and deputies from the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office administered CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) while awaiting rescue personnel from the Fairfax City Fire Department. McKenna was then transported to the hospital by ambulance and after life support was removed, died on Sunday, Feb. 8.

There were reports from outside sources that alluded to McKenna suffering an amputated finger. However, the investigation by detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department affirmed that McKenna had a pre-existing injury (missing the tip of her ring finger on her left hand), which was noted during the arrest booking on Monday, Jan. 26.

To date, detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department have conducted an extensive number of comprehensive interviews, and the in-custody death investigation is active and on-going. When complete, detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Major Crimes Division will present their entire investigation, which will include any video and data from the conducted energy weapon, along with the findings of the Office of the Medical Examiner (still awaiting report), to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for an independent review to determine if there is any criminal liability under the Code of Virginia.

All information provided in this release is based on the ongoing investigation and may be subject to revision as the investigation continues. The Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office continue to work together to release information and complete a swift, thorough investigation. The Fairfax County Police Department will provide further updates within the next 30 days or as soon as additional information becomes available.

To read the Fairfax County Police Department’s original release on this investigation, click here

To read the statement provided by the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, click here

The Daily Police Blotter for February 27, 2015

This report is published every weekday, except county holidays. The information in each report covers significant criminal incidents generally from the day before; reports published on Monday cover the preceding Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Some incidents may appear a day or two after the occurrence.

The report contains selected crimes, including animal-related incidents and property crimes. The information is organized by police district station. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in Fairfax County in the stated time frame.

Note: Information contained in the Daily Blotter is generally based on initial reports made to the police department. Follow-up investigations may reveal different or additional information.

 

SULLY DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

4100 block of Auto Park Circle, cash from business.

5600 block of Stone Road, merchandise from business.

 

MOUNT VERNON DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

Chimney Wood Court/South Kings Highway, equipment from vehicle.

7900 block of Grimsley Street, license plates from vehicle.

5900 block of Richmond Highway, license plate and cash from vehicle.

7900 block of Richmond Highway, wallet from business.

 

MCLEAN DISTRICT STATION

BURGLARY, 2700 block of Pioneer Lane, 02/26/15. A resident reported someone entered the residence and took property.

LARCENIES:

1500 block of Cornerside Boulevard, wallet from business.

2800 block of Merrilee Drive, cash from business.

 

MASON DISTRICT STATION

BURGLARY, 3200 block of Sydenham Street, 02/26/15. A resident reported someone entered the residence and took property.

LARCENIES:
3500 block of South Jefferson Street, merchandise from business.

 

RESTON DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

13000 block of Elm Tree Drive.

 

FRANCONIA DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

5500 block of Ivor Street, phone from residence.

5700 block of Kingstowne Boulevard, merchandise from business.

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT STATION

None reported.

 

FAIR OAKS DISTRICT STATION

BURGLARY, 4000 block of Woodberry Meadow Drive, 02/26/15. A resident reported someone entered the residence and took property.

LARCENIES:

12700 block of Shoppes Lane, cash from business.

 

Two Arrested in Mason District

Officers from the Mason Police District charged two men with larceny on Wednesday, February 25.

Midnight officers responded to a call for service of a resident in the 7600 block of Camp Alger Avenue from a man who saw people rummaging through his van at around 2:54 a.m.

Officers approached the men, questioned them and linked them to at least 10 vehicle larceny cases in the area. Numerous items were stolen, ranging from a laptop computer to loose change, knives, cigarettes and Chuck-E-Cheese game tokens.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are looking into the possibility that the suspects are connected to dozens of recent similar break-ins in the Westlawn area.

Christopher Hemmelgrain, 31 and Michael Puckett, 25, both of no fixed addressed, were arrested.

Property Crime Detectives are investigating and sorting through property, which will be returned to owners, if possible.

Crime Prevention Officers urge residents to keep vehicle doors locked and without any visible valuables. Don’t be a target.

Thanks to neighbors for helping keep your eyes and ears open and for reporting suspicious activity.

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(Photos shown are samples of items stolen from multiple vehicles in Mason District in recent weeks)

The Daily Police Blotter for February 26, 2015

This report is published every weekday, except county holidays. The information in each report covers significant criminal incidents generally from the day before; reports published on Monday cover the preceding Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Some incidents may appear a day or two after the occurrence.

The report contains selected crimes, including animal-related incidents and property crimes. The information is organized by police district station. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in Fairfax County in the stated time frame.

Note: Information contained in the Daily Blotter is generally based on initial reports made to the police department. Follow-up investigations may reveal different or additional information.

 

SULLY DISTRICT STATION

None reported.

 

MOUNT VERNON DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

1100 block of Woodcliff Drive, jewelry from residence.

3100 block of Collard Street, property from residence.

8300 block of Richmond Highway, phone from business.

 

MCLEAN DISTRICT STATION

8000 block of Tysons Corner Center, merchandise from business.

1900 block of Chain Bridge Road, merchandise from business.

 

MASON DISTRICT STATION

3200 block of Rio Drive, equipment from vehicle.

3500 block of South Jefferson Street, merchandise from business.

 

RESTON DISTRICT STATION

None reported.

 

FRANCONIA DISTRICT STATION

6100 block of Dinwiddie Street, property from business.

6600 block of Springfield Mall, beverage from business.

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT STATION

6200 block of Rolling Road, merchandise from business.

8400 block of Whitehaven Court, license plates from vehicle.

6100 block of Rolling Road, phone from school.

 

FAIR OAKS DISTRICT STATION

None reported.