Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
8/19/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2015
Subject:
IN-CUSTODY DEATH
Contact:
Media Relations
(562) 570-5273






On Friday, August 14, 2015, Long Beach Police responded to a residence in the 300 block of Linares Avenue in regards to a call of a restraining order violation. When officers arrived they determined a valid restraining order was in place, prohibiting 71-year-old Long Beach resident Michael Frank Smith from making contact with his wife. Officers placed Smith under arrest on the charge of Violation of a Court Order. Smith was booked in the Long Beach City Jail on $20,000 bail awaiting arraignment.

On Sunday, August 16, 2015, during his incarceration at the Long Beach Jail, Smith was transported to a local hospital due to medical needs. Smith was treated by hospital staff and medically cleared to return to Jail.

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, jail staff, while making their rounds, noticed Smith appeared to be in medical distress and was unresponsive. Jail medical personnel immediately rendered aid to Smith, administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while awaiting the arrival of Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics. Paramedics transported Smith in critical condition to a local hospital.

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. Smith was released from custody and his treatment continued by hospital staff.

Later that evening on August 18, L.B.P.D. learned that Smith had been pronounced deceased. It is unknown what caused him to go into medical distress.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office is conducting an independent investigation to determine the cause of death, and the Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detail is also continuing 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.