Stun gun use temporarily stopped at Fairfax County jail

WASHINGTON — The death of a mentally ill inmate leads to some temporary changes at the Fairfax County jail.

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office announced it temporarily suspended the use of stun guns while it conducts a policy review, The Washington Post reports.

Thirty-seven-year-old Natasha McKenna was shackled when she became combative with deputies at the jail in February. Deputies shocked her four times with 50,000 volts, and she stopped breathing.

McKenna, who had schizophrenia, was in jail on a charge of assault on a police officer.

Deputies were trying to transport her to Alexandria after police there did not act on several requests to pick her up.

There is no word on how long the review process is expected to take or when the stun guns could be reinstated.

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