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Chesterfield woman dies in hospital after being taken into police custody

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 16:59:33-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Chesterfield woman died in a Richmond hospital after being placed in emergency custody by Chesterfield Police.

Around 12:30 p.m., on Wednesday, August 5, the Chesterfield County Police Department was called to the 20900 block of Truth Drive in the County of Chesterfield for a welfare check of Marsha G. Smith.

While on scene, CCPD officers consulted with Chesterfield County Mental Health Services and determined she should be placed into emergency custody. Smith was taken into police custody without incident.

Smith was transported by Chesterfield County Fire & EMS to a Richmond hospital where she died shortly after arrival. Her cause and manner of death will be determined by the state's Medical Examiner.

The Richmond Police Department’s Force Investigation Team, 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.