Fairfax Co.  Police release body cam footage from fatal shooting of man in mental health crisis

Fairfax Co. Police release body cam footage from fatal shooting of man in mental health crisis

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (DC News Now) — Nearly one month after one of its officers shot and killed a man in a mental health crisis, the Fairfax County Police Department released body camera footage from the incident.

26-year-old Jasper Aaron Lynch was shot four times by Police Officer First Class Edward George, a 10-year veteran of the force.

In addition to the body camera footage, FCPD released the audio of a 911 call between a dispatcher and Lynch’s sister’s boyfriend. During that call, the boyfriend described Lynch as throwing and breaking things, and he is “a little frazzled” and “mentally unstable” when someone is inside the house. The boyfriend also said there were no weapons in the house.

Police were initially called a first time, but could not find Lynch. During that call, a clinician was with the responding officers.

The response following the second call was conducted by three officers, all of whom were trained in crisis intervention, according to Police Chief Kevin Davis.

After speaking with Lynch’s sister and her boyfriend outside the home, officers entered to find Lynch standing with a decorative tribal mask in one hand, and a champagne bottle in the other. Lynch threw the mask towards the officers, and then the police say he ran towards the officers swinging the bottle.

Two officers used their tasers, while George, the third officer, fired and hit Lynch with his gun four times.

“Our clinicians’ training and experience would obviously be at a much higher level,” Davis said. “So in the event that it’s safe to communicate and safe to negotiate, our clinician would be there to do just that.”

Davis said only one clinician is available to ride with a police officer, although the department receives about 33 calls for service for mental or behavioral health crises daily. In all, Davis said less than 1% of those calls annually end with the use of force.

As part of a co-responder team policy, the police will get 16 clinicians to ride with officers. However, the program is in its infancy, and only one is on staff.

You can watch the entire video released by the police here — please note that the video contains disturbing content.


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Fairfax Co. Police release body cam footage from fatal shooting of man in mental health crisis

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