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Mark Opgrande

Apr 24, 2023


OKLAHOMA CITY (Apr. 24, 2023) – At approximately 4:15 a.m. Monday, April 24, a detainee at the hospital died after an apparent accident. The detainee, Amber Owens, was being monitored at the hospital awaiting transfer to another medical facility. We were informed by the contracted law enforcement officer who was guarding Owens, that she sustained an injury after a fall within the hospital facility. Lifesaving efforts were attempted by hospital staff but were unsuccessful. Owens, who was born on May 26, 1982, was booked into the detention center March 31, 2023. She was arrested by Oklahoma City Police on Malicious Injury or Destruction of Property, Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery upon a Medical Care Provider charges. A Medical Own Recognizance bond had been approved by a judge. Owens was scheduled to be released on the Medical OR bond to another facility as soon as hospital staff deemed her medically fit for transport. Her family has been notified. The State Medical Examiner’s Office will make a final determination as to the cause of death. As is standard protocol, all deaths are investigated as homicides until a final determination is made. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations has also been notified to assist.

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