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SLED Investigating Death Of Woman

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SLED is investigating the death of a woman who died in custody of Sheriff's deputies and EMS personnel. SLED is investigating the death of a woman who died in custody of Sheriff's deputies and EMS personnel.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating an incident where a woman died after being taken into custody by Greenville County law enforcement and EMS personnel.

Deputy Jonathan Smith of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said that deputies responded to an apartment at 607 Emily Lane at 1:38 p.m. Thursday afternoon to serve mental evaluation papers. Smith said that deputies had prior knowledge that the patient was a 39-year-old woman and contacted EMS to request assistance to transport her by ambulance since she was not able to sit in a patrol car due to a physical condition.

Once deputies arrived on scene, Smith said that they made contact with the woman her family members inside her bedroom. Deputies told them why they were there and the woman agreed to go with them and EMS personnel to the hospital for a mental evaluation. Smith said the woman became combative with EMS workers when she was placed on the stretcher and inside the ambulance.

The woman began to have problems breathing and Smith said that they believe she went into cardiac arrest while being transported to the hospital. He said that the woman was pronounced dead at the hospital and SLED was called to conduct an investigation as is protocol with the death of a person who is in custody.

The sheriff's office will conduct an internal investigation to make sure all policies and procedures were followed, Smith said.

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