Long Beach Man Arrested for Restraining Order Violation Dies After Being Found Unconscious While in Police Custody

A man who was incarcerated last Friday in Long Beach for violating a restraining order held by his wife died at a local hospital Tuesday evening, after experiencing medical distress while in Long Beach police custody, authorities revealed today.

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Long Beach police responded to a call of a restraining order violation at a residence on the 300 block of Linares Avenue on Friday, August 14, according to a press release.

Officers then arrested Long Beach resident Michael Frank Smith, 71, on a charge of violating a court order and booked him in Long Beach City Jail, authorities said.

A $20,000 bail was set, with Smith awaiting arraignment.

On Sunday, August 16, Smith was transported from jail to a local hospital for medical care, according to officials.

He was then treated by hospital staff and medically cleared to return to jail.

On Tuesday, August 18, jail staff rendered aid to Smith when they found him in medical distress and unresponsive while making their rounds, authorities said.

Medical personnel administered CPR until Long Beach Fire Department paramedics arrived and transported Smith to a local hospital in critical condition, according to the LBPD.

“Due to the nature of Smith’s medical condition the Homicide Detail was notified immediately and responded to investigate the incident, which is standard in all such cases,” a release stated. “Smith was released from custody and his treatment continued by hospital staff.”

According to the LBPD, Smith was pronounced dead Tuesday evening. Officials are uncertain as to the cause of his medical distress.

Officials announced the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office is conducting an independent investigation to determine Smith’s cause of death. The LBPD Homicide Detail will also continue their investigation into the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Mark Bigel at 562.570.7244.



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