A man shot by a police officer at a Virginia resort was a college football player whose death stunned his former teammates and head coach.
Donovan Lynch, 25, of Virginia Beach, was an offensive lineman for the University of Virginia College at Wise during the 2017 and 2018 seasons and a 2019 graduate from the school, the Bristol Herald Courier reported.
Head football coach Dane Damron told the newspaper Lynch was a good player and an outgoing man. He remembers meeting Lynch and his parents at their home when he was recruiting him.
“He was also often at my house, through a cooking class my wife did with some of my players,” Damron said. “He has never met a foreigner. He will certainly be missed.
Lynch was one of two people killed in shootings that also injured at least eight others Friday night in Virginia Beach, police said.
Police first said that a policeman “met an armed citizen” and shot him. Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate later said investigators found a gun “near” the shooting but did not immediately have evidence that it belonged to Lynch, The reported. Virginian-Pilot.
Neudigate said the officer who killed Lynch was carrying a body camera, but “for unknown reasons” it was not activated.
“We would like to provide answers to the community. At this point, we don’t have them, ”the police chief said on Saturday.
The officer who killed Lynch has been placed on administrative leave, police said. He has been with the department for five years and is assigned to its special operations division.
Deshayla E Harris, 28, of Norfolk, was also killed in another shootout. Investigators believe Harris was likely a bystander struck by stray shots. No arrests were made immediately after his murder.
Police said the bloodshed occurred in a series of shootings that began shortly after 11 p.m. Friday along a crowded strip of hotels, clubs and restaurants.
Investigators believe the first shooting was the result of a brawl involving a group of people, police said. Three men were arrested on charges arising from the initial shooting, including criminal assault and reckless handling of a firearm.
Lynch’s father told WAVY-TV that his son was “a father’s dream.”