38-year-old Christopher Lynch was arrested this morning after killing his mother and attacking sheriff’s deputies when they arrived on the scene.
The incident occurred on Evelyn Street in Pace, Florida around 1:30 this morning. The original complaint call to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was for a person beating a dog.
When deputies arrived on the scene, Lynch attacked them immediately. The deputies tased Lynch several times before they were able to get him in custody.
Once Lynch was contained, a deputy noticed a woman laying in a pool of blood on the porch of the home suffering from multiple wounds. The woman was later identified as Cheryl Lynch and she was able to tell the deputy before she passed away that her son was the one that wounded her, but she couldn’t remember what led to the fight. She later died at a local hospital.
Christopher Lynch is being held in Santa Rosa County Jail with no bond pending his first court appearance. Lynch faces four felony charges including homicide, battery against an officer, assault against an officer, and resisting arrest.
According to witness testimony on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in 2009, Christopher Lynch suffered a traumatic brain injury during a training exercise in France back in 2000. The woman who gave the testimony, Cheryl Lynch. She is actually the founder of a support organization for American Veterans with Brain Injuries and their families.