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More arrests come after protesters shoot at officers Monday night in Lynchburg

Tear gas used to disperse crowd

LYNCHBURG, Va.4:30 A.M. UPDATE:

The mugshots of two protesters arrested during protests in Lynchburg on Sunday and Monday night have been released.

Bryant kemper and Tykeim Hurt were arrested during protests in Lynchburg
Bryant kemper and Tykeim Hurt were arrested during protests in Lynchburg (WSLS)

Tykeim Hurt, 20, of Lynchburg, is charged with three counts of felony property damage, one count of throwing a projectile into an occupied dwelling and one count of unlawful assembly. Police said these charges are in connection with unlawful activity at 5th and Federal Streets overnight on Sunday night.

Bryant Kemper, 38, of Lynchburg, is charged with incitement of riot, unlawful assembly, concealed weapon, concealed carry of a firearm by a felon and carrying a deadly weapon during a riot. Police said these charges are in connection with unlawful activity at 5th and Federal Streets overnight Sunday night and unlawful activity in the area of Miller Park Monday night.

1:00 A.M. UPDATE:

Lynchburg police released information just before 1 a.m. Tuesday about Monday night’s protest in Lynchburg.

Protesters shot directly at officers during one of several reports of shots fired, according to police.

Police said they aren’t aware of any injuries connected to the shots fired incidents.

Two more people have been arrested in connection with the “violent activity” in Lynchburg over the past two nights, according to police.

Police said more than 250 people participated in a protest on Park Avenue near Miller Park on Monday night.

What started out as a peaceful protest became chaotic and eventually violent as the night went on.

One juvenile was hurt after he fell off of a vehicle he was riding on top of, according to police. He was treated at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Here are details on the arrests stemming from the protests on Sunday and Monday:

  • Tykeim Hurt, 20, of Lynchburg, is charged with three counts of felony property damage, one count of throwing a projectile into an occupied dwelling and one count of unlawful assembly. Police said these charges are in connection with unlawful activity at 5th and Federal Streets overnight on Sunday night.
  • Bryant Kemper, 38, of Lynchburg, is charged with incitement of riot, unlawful assembly, concealed weapon, concealed carry of a firearm by a felon and carrying a deadly weapon during a riot. Police said these charges are in connection with unlawful activity at 5th and Federal Streets overnight Sunday night and unlawful activity in the area of Miller Park Monday night.
  • Wendell Morris, 29, was the person arrested at 12th and Church Streets on Monday. He is charged with threatening to bomb or burn a building and disorderly conduct.

Additional charges are pending for others who were violent during the protests, according to police.

The police department is also investigating reports of shots fired from the roof of Fifth and Federal restaurant on Sunday night. Police said if they determine that shots were fired, they will file appropriate charges.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

11:30 P.M. UPDATE:

The streets where hundreds of protesters stood just hours earlier started to clear up at about 11:30 p.m.

Monday’s protest turned more chaotic as the night went on.

At 11 p.m. our crew watched as the police line advanced toward the crowd, many of whom dispersed while others continued to not follow orders to go home.

Officers used tear gas on the crowd several times throughout the night on Monday, as the gathering shifted from peaceful to more chaotic.

Several protesters threw water bottles and fireworks toward police, while other protesters told them not to, and tried to keep the protest peaceful and nonviolent.

A curfew was in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday night in Tuesday morning. That same curfew will be in effect on Tuesday, but police will be able to enforce it. A violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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10 P.M. UPDATE

As protests continue in Lynchburg, we’ve seen at least one firecracker thrown beyond the line of police. We could then see tear gas canisters being used by police.

ORIGINAL STORY

Protests continued in Lynchburg on Monday night, but as of 9 p.m., they haven’t escalated to violence like they did on Sunday night.

Several officers were hurt and two people were arrested after peaceful protests turned violent Sunday night into Monday morning in Lynchburg.


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