City: Black man pointed gun at Virginia officer who shot him

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Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 10:36 PM EDT
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Authorities in Virginia Beach say a Black man fatally shot by police had pointed a gun at the officer who shot him.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that the city’s version of events appears in a court filing in response to a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by the man’s family.

Donovon Lynch was shot by a police officer in March along the city’s oceanfront.

The city says the officer heard what sounded like the slide of a handgun placing a bullet in the chamber.

Officials say Lynch then pointed a gun in the officer’s direction.

The city’s assertion contradicts what a witness told The Virginian-Pilot. The witness said the officer shot Lynch without any verbal warning.

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