The City of Virginia Beach has settled a lawsuit with the family of Donovon Lynch more than 19 months after a Virginia Beach Police Officer took his life. The three million settlement was acompanied by a joint statement from the city and the family:
The City of Virginia Beach and the family of Donovon Lynch have agreed to a $3 million settlement in the officer-involved shooting which resulted in the tragic loss of Donovon Lynch’s life in March 2021.
As we have learned more over time about the facts of that fateful night and encounter, we have come to understand that a series of unfortunate occurrences led to Donovon’s death that night – which in hindsight should never have occurred as it was later determined that neither Donovon nor the officer set in motion the events that transpired.
We understand that the settlement will in no way lessen the grief and loss for the Lynch family. The City’s ongoing support for its public safety personnel and its investment in officer education and technological advancements underscores the City’s commitment to providing greater transparency.
We will continue to do the work necessary to keep everyone safe and serve the best interests of our community. The City and Lynch family have mutually reached this agreement and will move toward healing and closure. We also hope this resolution will elevate our common humanity and how we all treat each other in Virginia Beach, the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout our nation.
Following the settlement announcement, Donovon Lynch’s father, Wayne Lynch, held a press conference with his attorney outside of the Federal Courthouse on Granby Street in Norfolk: