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Police: Olympia woman dies after being restrained

February 7, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Police say a 35-year-old Olympia woman died after she was “chemically restrained.”

Olympia Police Lt. Sam Costello says firefighters responded to a fire alarm at an apartment complex early Wednesday and learned that a woman had pulled the fire alarm while in crisis.

Police say the woman apparently was “suffering from mental illness and/or acute effects of substance abuse.”

Police say officers talked to the woman and determined she needed to be detained for a mental health evaluation.

Police say the officers got the woman into restraints and that she began fighting them.

Police say officers placed the woman on the ground and restrained her while paramedics administered medication to her.

Police say shortly thereafter the woman stopped breathing and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. Costello said he didn’t know exactly what type of medication she was given.

The cause of the woman’s death is under investigation.

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