Loomis man accused of killing parents was shot after brandishing replica gun, court docs say

The 19-year-old suspected of killing his parents at their home in Loomis was shot by a Placer County sheriff’s deputy after he brandished a replica gun while fleeing the home, according to court documents.Dennis Lynch was hospitalized after being shot by the deputy on Monday and is expected to survive. The bodies of Lynch’s parents, 67-year-old Kathy Lynch and 80-year-old Gerald Upholt, were found following a daylong investigation outside their home on Lake Forest Drive. Both were registered lobbyists in California. Friends and colleagues remembered Kathy Lynch as hard-working and generous.Deputies were near Lake Forest Drive north of Folsom Lake around 10 am on Monday to do a welfare check on Kathy Lynch and Upholt because friends and family told the sheriff’s office that they hadn’ t heard from them for days.Lt. Nelson Resendes, an investigator with the sheriff’s office, said there were no responses by anyone from the home after deputies knocked on doors and made loud announcements that they were outside the home. They had then noticed what they described as a foul odor coming from behind the door. Deputies spotted a person, later identified as Dennis Lynch, running out of the home after they had obtained a warrant to search inside. sheriff’s office said. Resendes said it appeared that the two have been dead for a couple of days and that investigators believe Dennis killed them. According to a criminal complaint filed in Placer County Superior Court, Dennis Lynch murdered Kathy Lynch and 80-year-old Gerald Upholt “on or about” Monday, March 28.| RELATED | Read the criminal complaint here. Lynch “used a deadly and dangerous weapon” to murder the couple. The criminal complaint, filed by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, does not say that a firearm was used. The complaint also said that Dennis Lynch had been out on bail at the time for two separate felonies. The sheriff’s office has said that Lynch has a criminal history of theft. The complaint also notes that Lynch brandished a replica gun “in a threatening manner” against the officer who would later shoot him, causing “a reasonable person apprehension and fear of bodily harm .”

The 19-year-old suspected of killing his parents at their home in Loomis was shot by a Placer County sheriff’s deputy after he brandished a replica gun while fleeing the home, according to court documents.

Dennis Lynch was hospitalized after being shot by the deputy on Monday and is expected to survive.

The bodies of Lynch’s parents, 67-year-old Kathy Lynch and 80-year-old Gerald Upholt, were found following a daylong investigation outside their home on Lake Forest Drive. Both were registered lobbyists in California. Friends and colleagues remembered Kathy Lynch as hard-working and generous.

Deputies were near Lake Forest Drive north of Folsom Lake around 10 am on Monday to do a welfare check on Kathy Lynch and Upholt because friends and family told the sheriff’s office that they hadn’t heard from them for days.

Lt. Nelson Resendes, an investigator with the sheriff’s office, said there were no responses by anyone from the home after deputies knocked on doors and made loud announcements that they were outside the home. They had then noticed what they described as a foul odor coming from behind the door. Deputies spotted a person, later identified as Dennis Lynch, running out of the home after they had obtained a warrant to search inside.

As some deputies went and chased after Dennis Lynch, others went inside and found the bodies of both Kathy and Upholt, the sheriff’s office said.

Resendes said it appeared that the two have been dead for a couple of days and that investigators believe Dennis killed them. According to a criminal complaint filed in Placer County Superior Court, Dennis Lynch murdered Kathy Lynch and 80-year-old Gerald Upholt “on or about” Monday, March 28.

| RELATED | Read the criminal complaint here.

Lynch “used a deadly and dangerous weapon” to murder the couple. The criminal complaint, filed by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, does not say that a firearm was used.

The complaint also said that Dennis Lynch had been out on bail at the time for two separate felonies. The sheriff’s office has said that Lynch has a criminal history of theft.

The complaint also notes that Lynch brandished a replica gun “in a threatening manner” against the officer who would later shoot him, causing “a reasonable person apprehension and fear of bodily harm.”

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