The police officer who shot and killed a 25-year-old in a shooting late Friday night in Virginia Beach, Virginia, did not turn on his body camera.
“The officer was wearing his camera, but for some reason it hasn’t been activated yet,” said Paul Newgate, Virginia Beach Chief of Police, at a news conference on Saturday night.
According to CNN, the Virginia State Police Department has not revealed the identity of the officer who fired the fatal shot at Donovan Lynch, a 25-year-old black man.
The police chief added that the police department had not yet questioned the officer involved in the incident.
Rumors spread that Donovan Lynch was unarmed, to which the police chief replied, “A firearm was found near the scene.”
The police officer who allegedly fired the fatal bullet was assigned administrative duties during the investigation.
CNN reported that ten people were injured by firearms, two of whom died, in three different shooting incidents Friday night.
Three people have been arrested in connection with an initial shooting incident unrelated to the other two that claimed the lives of Donovan Lynch and Deshaila Harris, a 28-year-old woman.
CNN reported that the shooting broke out after a battle in a group that had gathered on Atlantic Avenue.
“We know it started with a physical fight, a screaming match that turned into a physical fight, which, at a certain point, escalated into a penalty shootout,” confirms Paul Newdigit.
No one was killed in the first shooting, but three men, ages 22, 20, and 18, were arrested facing seven counts of criminal assault.
When the police attended the shooting scene, they heard more gunshots nearby and stationed on Deshaila Harris who was shot.
The police chief claimed that the officers believed that the 28-year-old was an “innocent victim, possibly caught in the crossfire.”
Nearby, the shooting occurred between the officer and Donovan Lynch when an officer in uniform confronted an armed citizen who led to the shooting of a police officer, according to a statement issued by the Virginia Beach Police Department.
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