Henrico man dies while being admitted to Dinwiddie hospital

Published: Mar. 8, 2023 at 9:02 PM EST
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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) -A Henrico man has died after state police say he was being admitted to a hospital in Dinwiddie County.

Just before 4 p.m. on Monday, March 6, the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office arrived at Central State Hospital to admit an inmate for treatment.

State police say 28-year-old Irvo N. Otieno of Richmond became combative towards officers during intake.

Otieno was restrained and later died.

His body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for examination and autopsy.

Henrico police say this was not their first run-in with Otieno. On Thursday, March 2, just after 4 p.m., police responded to the 2200 block of Haviland Drive for a mental health call. Otieno’s neighbor was concerned about his behavior. No charges were placed as a result of that call.

The next day, March 3, just after 11:30 a.m., police responded to the 8800 block of Fordson Road in the same neighborhood as the home in Haviland Drive, responding to a call that a neighbor was concerned about a man breaking into their home. Once on scene, police then saw it was Otieno.

Based on their interactions with Otieno, he was placed on an emergency custody order and taken to Parham Doctors’ Hospital. At that facility, officers say he became physically aggressive toward them. He was arrested and taken to the Henrico County Jail West, where he was charged with three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct in a hospital and vandalism.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office continues to investigate.