For Immediate Release - July 23, 2012

Three Men Arraigned on Assault and Firearms Charges Following a Police Involved Shooting in Lynn

Sincere Lawson, 23, of East Orange, New Jersey, Khyron Jolley, 28 and James Finley, 34, both of Lynn, were arraigned today in Lynn District Court on assault with a dangerous weapon and illegal possession of a firearm charges.  Essex Assistant District Attorney Lisa Core requested $100,000 cash bail for Finley and $150,000 for Jolley.  Judge James LaMothe ordered $10,000 cash for Finley and $15,000 for Jolley.  He also revoked the bail for Jolley on a pending case out of Quincy.  Lawson will appear tomorrow for a bail argument. 

The men were arrested last night following an attempted traffic stop on Ingalls Street.  At their arraignment, Essex Assistant District Attorney Lisa Core said that a Lynn Police Officer observed Brandon Payne, 23, of Lynn, walking with two other men, one of whom appeared to be carrying a long-barreled firearm.  Payne and two other males exited a white Chevy and met up with two other men who exited a green Honda Accord.  Core argued that based on the officer’s observations, it was reasonable to believe that an exchange of the firearm had taken place.  After the men returned to their vehicles and began to drive away, the officer called for back-up and attempted to stop the cars.  Marked and unmarked cruisers attempted to box in the vehicles.  Both vehicles accelerated in reverse toward the police cars.  The white Chevy, which was driven by Payne, aggressively rammed the police vehicle.  Fearing for their safety, three Lynn Police Officers and a Massachusetts State Trooper fired on the Chevy.  Payne was struck twice and transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He died at 5:35 this morning.

Officer recovered a loaded .357 revolver from Payne’s vehicle and a loaded 9 millimeter handgun and loaded pistol grip shot gun from the green Honda, which had been driven by Finley.  A fifth suspect was not apprehended.

Jolley and Finley are due back in court on August 21 for a probable cause hearing.

The legal justifiability of the police involved shooting is being investigated 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.  The investigation remains active and ongoing.  Upon completion of the investigation, the District Attorney will release the findings.