For Immediate Release - July 24, 2012

Third Man in Lynn Shooting Incident Held on $15,000

Sincere Lawson, 23, of East Orange, New Jersey, was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail at his bail hearing today in Lynn District Court.  He was arraigned yesterday on 2 counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a firearm without a license charges. 

In her bail argument, Essex Assistant District Attorney Anna Zalewski requested $200,000 cash bail, citing Mr. Lawson’s 8 prior felony convictions out of New Jersey.  Lawson was arrested Sunday night with two other men, James Finley and Khyron Jolley following an attempted traffic stop.  After a Lynn Police Officer observed what appeared to be an exchange of a firearm among 5 men in 2 separate vehicles, marked and unmarked police vehicles attempted to box in two vehicles.  At that time, both vehicles accelerated in reverse toward the police cars.  One vehicle, which was driven by Brandon Payne, aggressively rammed the police vehicle.  Fearing for their safety, three Lynn Police Officers and a Massachusetts State Trooper fired on the vehicle.  Payne was struck twice and transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he later died.

Officers recovered a loaded .357 revolver from Payne’s vehicle and a loaded 9 millimeter handgun and loaded pistol grip shot gun from Finley’s vehicle.  A fifth suspect has not been apprehended.

Lawson was represented by Attorney Randi Potash and is due back in court with Finley and Jolley on August 21 for a probable cause hearing. Lawson, Finley and Jolley are all presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

The legal justifiability of the police involved shooting remains under investigation by the Essex District Attorney’s Office as per protocol.  According to standard Lynn Police Department and Massachusetts State Police policy, the three Lynn Police Officers and the State Trooper have been placed on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is complete.  Upon completion of the investigation, the District Attorney will release the findings.