Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Virginia Beach Police probe death of man who was ‘briefly’ admitted into jail

VIRGINIA BEACH – Sheriff’s authorities here said a man “briefly” admitted into jail died while receiving care at a hospital Wednesday morning.

Officials identified the man as Andrew Joseph Abram of Virginia Beach.

He was 35 years old. No foul play is suspected, officials said.

Abram was admitted into the Virginia Beach Jail at 12:05 a.m. after being denied bond by a magistrate “on a felony charge of violating his first offender status and a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear in court,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Authorities said Abram “was uncooperative with the arresting officer, sheriff’s deputies and jail medical staff.”

“As a result of their observations of his behavior and out of concern for his health and safety, the sheriff’s office requested hospital transport via Emergency Medical Services,” said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kathy Hieatt. “EMS transported Mr. Abram to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital at 1:05 a.m. where, despite extensive lifesaving efforts, was pronounced deceased shortly before 4 a.m.”

Hieatt said the death will be investigated by the Virginia Beach Police Department and the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Professional Standards Office.

The death has been reported to the Virginia Department of Corrections.

The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner in Norfolk, Hieatt said.

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