Police Officers Shoot Man After He Throws a Tribal Mask And Runs After Them Swinging a Bottle
McLean, Virginia — On July 7, 2022, At approximately 7:11 p.m. officers responded to a home in the 6900 block of Arbor Lane in McLean, after a family friend of Jasper Aaron Lynch, 26, called with concerns for his safety. The family friend said Lynch was throwing objects inside the home and pacing.
A designated co-responder unit responded. This team included an officer assigned to Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and a clinician from the Sharon Bulova Center for Community Health. Lynch left the residence prior to the team’s arrival at 7:26 p.m. The team checked the home and remained in the area for an additional period of time to attempt to locate him. Lynch was unable to be found. The co-responder unit then went to the McLean District Station to speak with Lynch’s family by phone.
At 8:34 p.m., a second call for service was placed by a family friend. This time, three crisis intervention trained officers arrived at the home and spoke to a family member on the scene. The officers found Lynch inside holding a bottle and and a large decorative wooden tribal mask. The officers attempted to de-escalate the situation with verbal commands inside the foyer of the home.
Officers ordered Lynch to drop the items. He refused, threw the tribal mask at an officer and began swinging the bottle in a striking motion. Two officers attempted to utilize their Electronic Control Weapons. Lynch ran towards officers, swinging the bottle. Police Officer First Class Edward George discharged his firearm, striking Lynch four times. Officers immediately rendered aid until fire and rescue personnel arrived. Lynch was pronounced deceased at the scene.