VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The loss of life of Donovon Lynch, Pharrell Williams’ cousin, has been dominated a murder, based on the Virginia Workplace of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Lynch, 25, was fatally shot by a Virginia Seashore police officer on March 26 on the Oceanfront. There have been three separate taking pictures incidents that evening that left two individuals lifeless and eight injured on the resort metropolis.
VBPD mentioned following the taking pictures that officers had been responding to gunfire, which led to an “particular person being confronted by a uniformed Virginia Seashore police officer, leading to a police intervention taking pictures.”
Police declare Lynch brandished a handgun earlier than he was shot, and a gun was discovered on the scene. Lynch’s household argues Lynch may legally carry and would not have brandished a weapon.
There isn’t any physique digicam footage of the incident as a result of the officer concerned did not activate his physique digicam. A plainclothes detective who responded additionally didn’t have a physique digicam.
Nobody has been criminally charged in reference to Lynch’s loss of life.
Lynch’s father can also be suing the officer who fired the deadly shot, saying VBPD didn’t correctly prepare its officers. The officer has disputed the lawsuit, saying Lynch pointed a gun at him earlier than the deadly photographs had been fired.
Virginia State Police are presently conducting an impartial investigation into the taking pictures, and the officer is on administrative go away within the meantime.
In July, Virginia Seashore Metropolis Auditor Lyndon Remias mentioned he may discover no different incident — in addition to the officer-involved taking pictures and killing of Lynch in late March on the Oceanfront — the place power was used and the physique digicam was not turned on.
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