VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The family of Donovon Lynch, the man who was fatally shot by a Virginia Beach officer, held a press conference on Monday.
25-year-old Donovon Lynch was fatally shot on March 26 by an officer at the Oceanfront. His family held a press conference at the site of what they said the shooting was, 20th Street and Pacific Avenue.
The family provided new details on how and why they believe the investigation is being negligently mishandled by city and state officials. They claimed that Lynch's body was moved after the incident and said he was legally allowed to carry a firearm. Family friends went into more detail about where they think the shooting actually happened and claim police have been looking for camera footage in a different area.
They are calling for an immediate federal investigation into the March 26 shooting and said if that is not done there will be a privately funded investigation.
Virginia State Police have currently taken over the investigation.
“My son was murdered and now they try to murder his character. Not this time” said Wayne Lynch, the father of Donovon. “We want justice for my son and it begins with the police taking back the statement that he was brandishing a weapon” Wayne Lynch added.
Police say the officer's body camera was not activated at the time. VBPD later released an update saying homicide detectives interviewed the officer involved in the shooting, another officer who witnessed the shooting and independent witnesses. Both officers said Lynch was "brandishing a handgun" at the time of the shooting. They say an independent witness said Lynch had a gun earlier that evening.
According to a press release from the family's spokesperson, when VBPD released that update using the word “brandishing”, the family, through their attorney, attempted numerous times to request city and state officials to retract the “brandishing” statement.
The Lynch family says they have spoken with eyewitnesses to the shooting. They say those eyewitness accounts differ from what police say happened.
Pharrell Williams, music icon and Donovon's cousin, spoke at his funeral and penned a message on social media, calling for honesty, justice, and transparency over what took place.