Virginia Beach Correctional Center inmate dies at a hospital following medical emergency

Larry Wayne Forbes

A Virginia Beach Correctional Center inmate died at a hospital on Friday following a medical emergency.

While preparing to be transported to a state mental health hospital, Larry Wayne Forbes, 52, of Virginia Beach, loss consciousness shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021. He was immediately given medical attention, including CPR, by the jail’s doctor and medical staff until Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Beach Fire Department arrived on scene to provide care. An ambulance transported him to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, where he was declared deceased at 12:13 p.m.

Forbes was booked into the Virginia Beach Correctional Center on June 10, 2021, on one misdemeanor charge of assaulting a family member. He was denied bond by a magistrate and a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge. Forbes refused a medical screening and was housed in a single cell under direct observation and detoxification protocol. He also completed the mandatory 10-day COVID-19 quarantine for all new admissions to the jail.

As with all in-custody deaths, the incident is being investigated by the Virginia Beach Police Department and Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office. As required, it has also been reported to the Virginia Department of Corrections, which reviews all in-custody deaths and has the authority to investigate. No foul play is suspected.

The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk.

“No one should die in jail, and this is yet another tragic example of a man who needed to be in a mental health facility, not a jail cell. We were doing everything we could to provide Mr. Forbes with the care he needed. Unfortunately, that help did not come soon enough, as we just received the necessary order to transfer him to a mental health hospital today,” said Sheriff Ken Stolle. “As with any in-custody death, I will thoroughly investigate what occurred, and my sincere condolences go out to the Forbes family for their loss.”

Any questions or requests for additional information from the news media may be directed to Kathy Hieatt, Public Information Officer: khieatt@vbso.net or 757.385.8446.