Keith Vidal was an 18-year-old boy that stood 5'3", weighed maybe 100 pounds, and according to his family, suffered from schizophrenia. WECT reported on Jan. 7, 2014, that a lawyer is defending the police officer accused of shooting the teen after proclaiming "we don't have time for this" when Vidal's parents called the police for help.
James Payne has said his client did not do anything wrong.
"We have full faith and confidence in all agencies involved," said Payne. "To say it's a cover up is saying that these men and women lack integrity and that's not true."
Vidal's parents are calling the situation a "cover-up" due to the way they say the situation transpired.
Officers from the town police department had been at the family's home in Boiling Springs Lake, North Carolina, for over 15 minutes without incident.
The family had called the authorities to receive help for their son who was said to have been threatening his mother with a screwdriver.
Once Southport police officers arrived, Keith Vidal was laying on the floor of a bathroom after having been tasered multiple times. It was then that an officer allegedly said, "we don't have time for this," drew his weapon, and shot the teenager.
A report from CNN stated that the officer was preparing to fire a second shot when Mark Wilsey, Keith's stepfather, intervened. Keith Vidal was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Records show that a Southport officer radioed to say he shot Vidal a mere 70 seconds after they arrived on the scene. NBC News asked the officer why he had fired the shot, and he responded by saying, "Well, I'm protecting my officers."
Wilsey says differently.
“He reached right up, shot this kid point-blank, with all intent to kill,” the badly shaken Wilsey continued. “He just murdered him flat out.”
The Boiling Springs Police Chief has cleared his officers of doing anything wrong at the scene this past weekend. He said that an internal review shows no laws were broken by his officers and that Vidal was shot and killed during a schizophrenic episode.