Army vet with TBI arrested for murder of mother on Mother’s Day

Christopher Reed Lynch (Santa Rosa County Sheriff)

A Florida Army veteran has been arrested and charged with homicide after deputies found his mother lying in a pool of blood on Mother’s Day.

Christopher Reed Lynch, 38, was taken into custody by Santa Rosa County Sheriff deputies after a brief struggle, according to Pensacola News Journal.

Christopher’s mother, Cheryl Lynch was his care giver after he returned home from the Army.

When deputies arrived at the Lynch home in Pace, Florida they found Christopher standing out front, covered in blood, and wielding an iron rod.

Christopher shouted to the officer, “You want some?” and stuck the officer’s patrol car with the iron rod.

The officer verbally warned Christopher to stop his advance and was ultimately forced to subdue him with his taser.

The officer had to keep using the taser until more officers could arrive because Christopher continued to be violent and resist arrest.

According to the sheriff department, Christopher continued to attempt to punch and kick officers until he was handcuffed and put in leg irons.

The police report said Cheryl was alive when officers arrived but was barely able to speak as she suffered from multiple lacerations to her face and her eyes were swollen shut, according to the News Journal.

Despite her injuries, Cheryl Lynch was able to tell the officers that Christopher was responsible for hitting her before she died at the Sacred Heart Hospital’s Trauma Center.

According to the News Journal, Christopher suffered a severe traumatic brain injury while conducting training in France on July 13, 2000

Cheryl believed her son required significant care to keep him from ending up homeless or in prison.

She wrote a disconcerting letter to the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs in 2009, which stated, “I am a 54-year-old mother — If something were to happen to me, who will know enough about my son’s individual difficulties and medical needs to continue to manage his care? Who will be able to act in his best interest or defense to assure he receives his entitled benefits? Who would be able to put the proper supports in place for my son to not end up on the streets, institutionalized, or even worse?”

Severe traumatic brain injuries have been linked with impulsiveness, depression and aggression.

Since 2000, more than 344,000 veterans have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brian Injuries, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.

Christopher Lynch has been denied bond and is facing felony charges for first degree murder-open count, second degree aggravated battery, third degree battery, second degree assault on an officer, and third degree resisting an officer with violence.


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