Fatal Police Shooting Under Investigation: Victim Allegedly Reached for Officer’s Weapon

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office is investigating the officer involved shooting on Newcastle Street, that left an Iraq War Veteran dead and the three police officers involved on paid administrative leave while the investigation is on-going.

According to Police reports, officers were sent to Newcastle Street in Lynn at approximately 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, September 5 for a report of a disturbance. Officers allege that the victim, 29-year old Denis Reynoso reached for an officer’s gun, while they were interviewing him about the reported disturbance. Shots were fired during the struggle that ensued and Reynoso was shot and wounded. He later died at Union Hospital as a result of his injuries.

No other information about the incident has been released, pending the outcome of the DA’s investigation. Attempts to contact the Lynn Police Department’s Public Information officer over the weekend were unsuccessful.

A statement from District Attorney Blodgett’s office explained the purpose of the investigation.

“The Essex District Attorney’s office will conduct an investigation of the use of fatal force, as is protocol. The findings of that study will be released to the public upon its completion,” read the statement.

Lynn Police Chief Kevin Coppinger told reporters last week that the three officers involved received minor injuries during the incident and administered first aid to Reynoso until ambulances arrived.

The officers were later treated at Lynn Union Hospital and released.

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