State Agency Investigating Tulsa Municipal Jail Death

Jan 13, 2020

Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations is probing the death of a woman who died while being held in the city’s jail on misdemeanor warrants.

The Tulsa Police Department says 46-year-old Lawanda Ward had been booked into the jail around 7 p.m. on Jan. 2. Ward had complained of not feeling well when she was booked, but Tulsa Police Lt. Shane Tuell says paramedics checked and cleared her.

Ward was found unresponsive about 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 6. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Tuell says TPD does not operate the city jail. That's done by a contractor chosen by the City of Tulsa, G4S Secure Solutions.