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FairfaxQuestions remain after police-involved fatal shooting in McLean

Questions remain after police-involved fatal shooting in McLean

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Called back to a McLean residence for the second time on July 7, Fairfax County police fatally shot a 26-year-old man who reportedly threw a tribal mask and lunged at them with a bottle.

County police dispatched officers to the home in the 6900 block of Arbor Lane just after 7 p.m. after a family friend informed police that the deceased, identified as Jasper Aaron Lynch, was throwing objects inside the home and pacing.

The police department’s response team, which included an officer from its Crisis Response Team and a clinician from the Sharon Bulova Center for Community Health, searched for Lynch, but he had left the residence before the team arrived at 7:26 p.m.

A family friend called police again at 8:34 p.m. and police sent three crisis-intervention-trained officers to the home. Police spoke to a family member there and found Lynch inside an adjacent room. He was holding a bottle and an object that police think was a large, decorative, wooden tribal mask.

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Police, who were inside the home’s foyer, tried to de-escalate the situation with verbal commands.

“A struggle ensued,” said Maj. Eli Cory, acting deputy chief of the police department’s Patrol Bureau. “The man charged at our three officers with something in his hand.”

Lynch threw the mask at an officer and began to swing the bottle in striking motion, police said.

Two of the officers deployed their electronic-control devices (i.e., tasers) multiple times. The third officer then discharged his service pistol, striking the Lynch four times and causing him to collapse just outside the home’s front door.

Police provided emergency medical care until Fire and Rescue Department personnel arrived, but the man died at the scene.

The police department’s Internal Affairs and Major Crimes bureaus are investigating the incident.

“We’re committed to a thorough, impartial investigation,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis.

The officer who fired the fatal shots is a 10-year veteran of the force and assigned to the McLean District Station. Per department policy, all officers involved in this incident now are on restricted duty pending the outcome of the internal investigation. The police auditor also will conduct an independent review.

Police within 10 days will release the name of the officer who discharged his firearm, unless there is a credible threat to the officer’s safety or police need additional time to complete the risk-assessment process.

County police will release body-camera and audio footage from the incident within 30 days, or when it no longer jeopardizes the Major Crimes Bureau’s use-of-force investigation.

Police stressed that the information provided so far is based on preliminary investigative findings and may be revised later.

Fairfax County police had another officer-involved shooting June 30 in the parking lot Springfield Town Center, during which an armed suspect, identified as Christian Parker, 37, of Reston, was shot and killed. There is no correlation between this incident and the McLean one, the police chief said.

The department within the past year has trained all of its patrol officers for scenarios in which people may be in crisis, Davis said.

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