FRONT ROYAL — A 77-year-old Virginia man has died after he hit his head following his arrest by sheriff’s deputies, and an investigation is underway into his loss of life, officers stated.
Virginia State Police are investigating whether or not Warren County deputies correctly dealt with the arrest of Ralph Ennis and if the accidents he sustained in the course of the encounter with deputies led to his loss of life. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office additionally stated it has contacted the Commonwealth Attorney’s workplace and requested a particular prosecutor to assist the state police investigation.
Maj. Jeffrey Driskill additionally stated in a information launch Monday that the sheriff’s workplace will convene a board of inquiry to evaluate the usage of power associated to Ennis’ arrest.
The sheriff’s workplace stated in a information launch that deputies started following Ralph Ennis early on April 2 after he was noticed rushing and driving erratically. Initially failing to cease throughout a chase that lined practically 4 miles (6 kilometers), Ennis drove and parked his truck at a comfort retailer close to Front Royal, the information launch stated.
Ennis obtained out of the truck however refused a deputy’s command to drop the truck keys he was holding, the information launch stated. A deputy approached the person from behind to attempt to management and arrest him, and whereas making an attempt to restrain Ennis, the sheriff’s workplace stated he and two deputies fell over a trailer hitch on his pickup truck.
According to the information launch, Ennis suffered a lower to the precise ring finger and a lower above his proper eyebrow. While being handled at a hospital, the sheriff’s workplace reported he confirmed indicators of a hemorrhage in his head and he was taken to a second hospital, the place he exhibited indicators of getting cognitive points in step with dementia or Alzheimer’s, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
Conversations together with his household revealed Ennis had a historical past of psychological sickness and dementia, and that his spouse, Linda, had reported him lacking March 11, the information launch stated.
Ennis died April 15, the sheriff’s workplace stated. WRC reported that Linda Ennis stated her husband was a Navy veteran and labored for years in Northern Virginia as a bricklayer and that his loss of life left her with many questions.
“Yeah, of course I worry he was mistreated. You hear it all the time. I’m not down on the police. I’m all for the guys in blue. … He was older and they could definitely tell that. Just looking at the man, you could tell he was an older gentleman,” she stated from her residence in Breezewood, Pennsylvania.