A woman collapsed as she was being detained in Walmart on Saturday. The woman, whose name The Times has chosen not to release, later died.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Manchester Police Department was sent to Walmart in Manchester regarding a woman who behaved erratically.
Upon arrival, the officer was directed to the woman. At the request of the officer, she agreed to leave the store with the officer. Once outside, the officer did an investigation into the situation. At that time, the woman escalated the situation and the officer was forced to detain her.
During his efforts to stop the woman, the woman collapsed. She was initially transported to Unity Medical Center in Manchester and then transferred to St. Thomas in Nashville, where she died in the afternoon hours of that same day, according to a press release issued by the 14th Judicial District.
TBI is investigating the situation.
A significant amount of methamphetamine was in possession of the deceased, according to the press release.
“At this point, it looks like the woman died from a medical problem unrelated to the officer's conduct,” according to the statement. “There is no reason to believe that the officer acted inappropriately or somehow contributed to the death of the woman.”
An autopsy has been requested to determine the cause of death.