MCLEAN, VA – A 26-year-old transgender man, meaning a biological woman, using a bottle as a weapon against officers was fatally shot by Fairfax County Police in early July after officers responded to a residence regarding the individual whose sibling claimed she was enduring some kind of a mental episode.
At approximately 7:11 p.m. on July 7th, Fairfax County Police responded to the residence of 26-year-old Jasper “Aaron” Lynch located off the 6900-block of Arbor Lane after a family friend had called 911 when they were yelled at and attacked by Lynch when they went to go check up on her.
Apparently, Lynch’s sister had asked the family friend to check up on her after she’d grown concerned that Lynch may be suffering from some kind of mental episode. Lynch was living with her parents at the time, but the parents were out of town at the time of the incident.
The initial police response consisted of an officer assigned to the Crisis Intervention Team as well as a clinician from the Sharon Bulova Center for Community health. However, by the time the officer and clinician arrived at the residence, Lynch was no longer at home. The officer and clinician searched the neighborhood for Lynch, but were ultimately unsuccessful in locating her and departed from the residence.
At approximately 8:34 p.m., a second call came in regarding Lynch after she’d returned home. Three officers who’d undergone crisis-intervention training arrived at the residence, but the clinician who responded to the previously call was reportedly unavailable at the time.
Bodycam footage from the second response to the residence shows officers conversing with Lynch’s sister, who explained to officers her concerns pertaining to her sister.
“He’s had issues in the past, he’s trans male, came out several years ago, and has been seeing a therapist ever since. And he’s been living with family members just to help him feel okay, in terms of identity, and he hadn’t had any like dissociations or hallucinations before leading us to believe he was detached from reality…and then he found out someone very close to him, a previous girlfriend…died and now he has become hallucinating. I was on the phone with him on the train back and he was saying, ‘There are people out to get me, I’m scared, I’m terrified – we need to call 911. I don’t know what to tell you, there’s people controlling my thoughts.'”
After detailing Lynch’s alleged mental breakdown, the individual’s sister went on to explain to officers how Lynch had been inside of the home destroying various items and gave officers permission to enter the residence to address the matter.
Bodycam footage shows that from the moments officers entered the home, Lynch was hostile – menacingly hoisting a wine bottle and large tribal mask. Lynch then violently throws the large mask at the officers, prompting officers to respond with deploying their tasers. However, the deployed tasers had little to no effect on Lynch, and she began swinging the large wine bottle at the officers.
One of the officers on scene reportedly discharged their firearm, striking Lynch four times. Officers then immediately began to render aid to Lynch while awaiting fire and rescue, however, Lynch was later declared deceased at the scene.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis confirmed all three officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, per standard protocol, while the matter is under investigation.
This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on August 7, 2022. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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