Fairfax County Sheriff: Stun gun use on hold at jail

(Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Fairfax County are temporarily suspending the use of stun guns at the county jail after an inmate's death in February.

The Washington Post reports that the sheriff's office announced the move Thursday.

The sheriff's office says it is reviewing its stun gun use policy. Capt. Tyler Corey says there's no timeline for the review.

Officials say 37-year-old Natasha McKenna stopped breathing after she was shocked four times while she was shackled on Feb. 3.  She was taken to a hospital, where she died five days later.

McKenna was being held on a charge of assaulting a police officer that stemmed from an encounter in Alexandria in mid-January.

The Fairfax County police are investigating the incident and county prosecutors will decide whether to file charges in the case.