Chesterfield woman taken into ’emergency custody’ following mental episode dies in Richmond hospital

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Chesterfield woman, who county police say, was experiencing a mental health crisis and later died at a Richmond hospital.

According to police, county officers were called to the 20900 block of Truth Drive following reports of a woman standing outside yelling. At the scene, officers determined the woman, later identified as Marsha G. Smith, was “experiencing a mental health crisis and, after consultation with Chesterfield County Mental Health, took her into emergency custody without incident.”

While undergoing a health screening at Richmond Community Hospital, police say the woman’s health “deteriorated rapidly.” Officers stated that she died shortly after 5 p.m.

Richmond and Chesterfield police are investigating as the medical examiner determines the exact cause of Smith’s death.

“The Richmond Police Department’s Force Investigation Team, (FIT) – which investigates all sudden deaths of persons who are in police custody regardless of the cause – will prepare a report for review by Chief Gerald M. Smith and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office,” a Richmond police spokesperson said Friday.


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