VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Family and buddies of Donovon Lynch, the person killed by Virginia Beach Police at the Oceanfront on March 26, consider his body was moved and left for an inhumane period of time.
During a press convention Monday, they claimed another Virginia Beach Police officer shot another person in the Oceanfront shootings.
During the press convention, Donovon’s family and buddies continued to beg for extra transparency.
“We are heartbroken. Angry. Frustrated. Hurt,” Donovon’s father, Wayne Lynch, stated Monday.
Wayne was surrounded by buddies, family and supporters, talking out 18 days after his son was shot and killed.
The family stays upset, saying police haven’t been clear and that they consider officers are leaving out large particulars of what occurred on the Oceanfront that night time.
Jeff Reichert, the family attorney, says Donovon was shot in the leg and chest from simply 15 yards away as he was fleeing the sound of gunshots close by.
“There was a second officer that shot a witness that came to Donovon’s aid. Right there – shot him in [the] hand. He got away; no one has talked to that person,” Reichert stated.
Donovon’s family members stay mystified as to why the names of the 2 officers they now consider had been involved have gone unnamed.
Reichert stated, “Two officers fired their weapons, and neither one of their cameras were on?”
According to eyewitnesses and surveillance video they’ve obtained, family members consider that Donovon’s body was moved close to DeShayla Harris’ body. She was a sufferer killed from pictures fired that night time. They stated Donovon’s body sat on a gurney till 9 a.m. the subsequent morning.
“How did he get from here to over there? His body laid in [the] street all night long while family was looking for it,” Reichert stated.
Another frustration of family and buddies is that they are saying VBPD has modified their story a number of instances. Loved ones on the press convention stated the most recent data is that Donovon was brandishing a weapon. They say – once more from eyewitnesses – it didn’t occur, and the family stated he had a allow to hold.
“I asked them tweet a retraction of [the] word ‘brandishing’ until you can confirm or deny whether he was brandishing a weapon,” Reichert stated.
The family is now asking for a federal investigation from the Department of Justice, common updates from state and native police and instant identification of the officers they stated are involved.
News 3 reached out to Virginia Beach Police to ask if the body was moved, if the opposite officer the family believes was involved and shot somebody is being investigated, and when or if they are going to launch the names of cops involved.
In a press release launched later Monday, Virginia Beach City Manager Patrick Duhaney instructed News 3 Lynch’s body was moved so officers might give him help in a safer space. Duhaney says firefighters and police carried Lynch “about half a block east on 20th Street between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues,” including that EMS and fireplace crews adopted tips for responding to energetic shooter incidents and incidents with a number of casualties.
Duhaney’s full assertion will be learn under:
“With condolences to the Lynch and Harris families, we reaffirm our commitment to thorough investigations into the circumstances of the deaths of Donovan Lynch and DeShayla Harris on March 26, 2021. The City has already demonstrated its willingness to have a separate investigation into the officer involved shooting by asking the Virginia State Police to assume responsibility for it. Should the federal government decide to become involved in the investigation, the City will cooperate fully. In the meantime, we encourage anyone with information in this case to contact the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (757) 424-6800 or by email at [email protected]. Anonymous tips are welcome.
We are restricted in our ability to provide information while the Virginia State Police investigation into the officer involved shooting is under way, however, we can clarify the circumstances regarding the movement of Mr. Lynch after the shooting occurred. In order to render aid to Mr. Lynch in a safer area, Virginia Beach firefighters and police officers carried Mr. Lynch about half a block east on 20th Street between Atlantic and Pacific avenues. Ms. Harris was found at the corner of Pacific Ave. and 19th Street and first responders rendered aid to her in that location. At no time were Mr. Lynch or Ms. Harris moved to be proximate to each other.
EMS and Fire crews followed guidelines for responding to active shooter and multiple casualty incidents. In those cases, patients are rapidly removed by rescue teams to secured areas where more effective treatment can be safely provided. Mr. Lynch was moved a short distance away where additional medical personnel and lighting were available. Mr. Lynch was determined to be deceased at the scene by EMS and Fire personnel shortly after he was moved. At the time of the incident, EMS and Fire crews were responding to multiple reports of injured persons at different locations in the area. Eight patients were ultimately transported to the hospital.”
Virginia Beach City Manager Patrick Duhaney