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Schizophrenic teen shot and killed by N.C. police

An internal investigation on the part of the police department found no policies or laws broken in the fatal shooting. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help, and they killed my son," says stepdad.
An internal investigation on the part of the police department found no policies or laws broken in the fatal shooting. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help, and they killed my son," says stepdad.
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The parents of a Boiling Spring Lakes, N.C. teen thought it was a good idea at the time to call police to help subdue their 18-year-old son, Keith Vidal, who was brandishing a screwdriver in a threatening manner while having a schizophrenic episode on the afternoon of Jan. 5.

Two police arrived and were having some success in trying to calm the teen down, according to CNN. But then a third officer arrived.

Seventy seconds after the third officer arrived, Keith Vidal had been shot dead.

The mentally ill boy’s stepfather, Mark Wilsey, said “There was no reason to shoot this kid."

"They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help, and they killed my son."

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting death.

District Attorney Jon David wants justice for the family.

"They just lost a child, and certainly my thoughts and prayers are with them. But what they want from this office today is justice, and I intend to give them exactly that."

Regarding the intervention of the third police officer that arrived on the scene, stepdad Mark Wilsey said that things were “going good” until he arrived.

"Then this fat cop from Southport walks in the room, walks around the corner, says, 'We don't have time for this. Tase that kid now. Let's get him out of here.' "

The 18-year-old tried to make a run for it, got Tasered, and fell to the ground.

In one telling of his story to the media, stepdad Mark Wilsey said that Keith Vidal was Tasered twice, with the first two officers on the scene getting on top of him to pin him to the ground.

In a retelling of his statement, Wilsey said that his stepson was fatally shot after he had been pinned to the ground and Tasered, with one of the cops saying "We don't have time for this" just before shooting the boy.

Seventy seconds after the third officer arrived, WECT reported, citing police records, police radioed that they had had to shoot the teenager in self-defense.

WECT reported later this afternoon, that the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department wrapped up their own internal investigation into the shooting of Keith Vidal, and concluded that there wasn't any indication that any policies or laws were broken by the officer who fatally shot the teen.

That third officer to arrive on the scene that shot and killed Keith Vidal has been identified as Southport Officer Bryon Vassey, who is currently on paid administrative leave.

Boiling Spring Lakes’ Chief of Police, Brad Shirley, released the following:

The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department would like to express that our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Keith Vidal. Our agency has conducted an internal review of the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Officer who initially responded to the call for service and there is no indication that departmental policy or state law was violated by the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department officer.

I am unable to comment further on the investigation and will refer all requests for information relating to the investigation to the Brunswick County District Attorney or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Our agency is committed to assisting both the District Attorney and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in their efforts.

Mark Ryan Wilsey, Keith Vidal’s stepbrother, described Keith as a good kid. The two spent a lot of time together, “hunting, fishing, sports and more.”

"He was my little buddy," Mark Ryan Wilsey said.

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