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Bluefield Police Request Outside Investigation into Suspect Death


Bluefield police have requested an outside investigation of the death of a suspect who became ill while in custody at the city jail.

Bluefield Police Chief D.M. Dillow tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that Connie Hambrick complained of a bad headache and asked to be taken to a hospital about three hours after she was arrested on June 4.

Dillow says a rescue squad took the 41-year-old Bluefield woman to a local hospital. She was transferred to a Charleston hospital, where she later died.

Dillow says Hambrick was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Tazewell County,Virginia.

He says he asked Mercer County prosecutor Attorney Scott Ash to request an investigation by state police to clarify what happened the night of Hambrick’s arrest. He says he doesn’t foresee any misconduct.