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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Town of Virginia Seaside can pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit from the household of a Black man who was shot by police during a chaotic night of violence on the city’s oceanfront last year.

Town and the household of Donovon Lynch — a cousin of musician and Virginia Seaside native Pharrell Williams — announced the agreement late Tuesday.

Wayne Lynch, Dononvon’s father, filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit in June 2021 towards the town and police officer Solomon D. Simmons, who can be Black.

Lynch’s taking pictures occurred on a warm March night near the city’s crowded boardwalk, which is lined with eating places and accommodations. The night dissolved into chaos after separate outbreaks of gunfire. At the least eight folks had been wounded and one lady, who was believed to be a bystander, was killed.

Lynch, 25, a former college football player, was at a nightclub together with his buddy when a taking pictures occurred exterior, the lawsuit acknowledged. The lads left and walked towards their automobiles once they encountered Simmons.

“Instantly, unlawfully and with out warning, officer Simmons fired his police-issued firearm at Mr. Lynch, taking pictures him twice and killing him,” the lawsuit states.

In November 2021, a special grand jury found that Simmons was justified. Authorities stated Lynch had a gun and racked a spherical into the chamber earlier than pointing his weapon towards a car parking zone stuffed with folks and police.

Tuesday’s joint assertion said extra has been discovered “in regards to the information of that fateful night time and encounter.”

“(W)e have come to grasp {that a} sequence of unlucky occurrences led to Donovon’s dying that night time — which in hindsight ought to by no means have occurred because it was later decided that neither Donovon nor the officer set in movement the occasions that transpired,” the assertion stated.

The assertion didn’t elaborate.

The settlement comes greater than a month after Williams introduced that his music competition, One thing within the Water, would return to Virginia Beach. When the competition pulled out of Virginia Beach in 2021, the Grammy-winning musician had stated “poisonous vitality” had run the town for too lengthy and that he wished it had taken a extra proactive stance after police shot Lynch. Final month, Williams stated demand for the competition in Virginia Seaside has “by no means wavered. If something it has solely intensified.”

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