Demand for mental health crisis intervention outpaces County resources

Fairfax County Times
Sterling, VA
September 16, 2022

Fairfax County Police (FCPD) shot and killed Jasper Aaron Lynch, 26, July 3 after he charged officers with a wooden mask and threw a champagne bottle at them. Police had responded to a 911 call from Lynch’s concerned family, reporting that he was in the midst of a mental health crisis. This was not the first visit to the house that day. In a previous call, police responded with a co-respondent, a trained mental health professional whose goal is diversion first.