Buncombe County detainee dies after being transported to Mission Hospital

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office:

(January 26, 2022) – At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday a Detention Officer was conducting supervision rounds and observed a detainee acting erratically in a holding cell in female booking. The Detention Officer entered the holding cell while calling for medical and supervisors. After a check by the nurse, EMS arrived at 8:45 p.m. and transported the detainee at 9:07 p.m. to Mission Hospital. The detainee passed at Mission at approximately 11:46 p.m.

The detainee had been put on special watch when she was booked into the facility at approximately 6:06 p.m. earlier on Tuesday evening. The special watch designation was based on the detainee’s previous booking history and disclosure of a history of drug use, including methamphetamine and fentanyl, during the medical screening that took place during the booking process.

The detainee was a white female and 41 years old at the time of her death. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is diligently attempting to locate information for next of kin. If we are unable to locate next of kin in the next 24 hours, we will release the detainee’s name and seek the public’s assistance to locate next of kin.

The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner pending an autopsy. The SBI and Buncombe County District Attorney have been notified. The SBI will conduct an independent investigation as is standard practice.

An initial check of rounds and review of video and body camera footage shows that the required rounds were conducted and policies were followed by Detention Officers and medical staff prior to the medical incident.

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