This is the gun Virginia police say Pharrell Williams’ cousin was brandishing when he was fatally shot by an officer — the same weapon officials insist he was seen holding “earlier in the evening.”
The Grammy-winning singer’s relative Donovan Lynch, 25, was killed Friday night just a block from a shooting that injured eight people in Virginia Beach.
Local activists initially insisted Lynch had been unarmed, and on Saturday Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate only said that a firearm was found “in the vicinity” of the shooting.
But late Monday the department released photos of the weapon while insisting all the officers involved have told investigators that the former college football player was holding the gun at the time he was hit.
The officer who fired the fatal shot as well as a colleague who witnessed it “both … report that Mr. Lynch was brandishing a handgun at the time of the shooting.”
“An independent witness corroborated that Mr.