A 35-year-old Washington woman died early Wednesday morning in Olympia Police custody after she was placed in restraints and paramedics administered medication.
Police say they were called to assist the Olympia Fire Department after a fire alarm was activated around 1:05 a.m. Wednesday in an apartment complex located in the 1200 Block of Fern Street Southwest.
A release states the firefighters found the woman had pulled the fire alarm while in a "crisis" but did not elaborate on what type of crisis the woman was having.
She was also reportedly suffering from mental health issues as well as the possible side effects of substance use. Officers determined the woman was a danger to herself and others and put her into restraints.
She was to be taken for a mental health evaluation but began physically fighting with officers. The report says paramedics then administered a medication but did not specify which medication.
The release goes on to state shortly after the woman was administered medication by paramedics she stopped breathing. She was provided CPR and taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital. The woman did not survive her encounter with authorities.
The woman's death is being investigated by the Thurston County Coroner's Office and police are asking anyone with any information regarding the event to call the Thurston County Sheriff's Office at 360-786-5500.
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