Schizophrenic Teen Shot by Police

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Schizophrenic Teen Shot by Police
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Thu, 01-09-2014 - 9:59am

Have you been following this story?  Parents called 911 after their teen became agitated and threatened the mom with a screwdriver.  It resulted in him being killed by police: 

The lawyer of a North Carolina officer accused of shooting and killing a schizophrenic teenager says his client did nothing wrong.

On Sunday, 18-year-old Keith Vidal died from a gunshot wound after police were called in to restrain the teen who his parents said was having a schizophrenic episode and threatening his mother with a small screwdriver.

After two officers had managed to restrain Vidal, a third officer showed up and allegedly shot and killed him. In a police report obtained by WECT, the officer had only been on the scene for 70 seconds before radioing dispatchers to let them know he had shot someone.

The teen's stepfather, Mark Wilsey, claims that the officer said "We don't have time for this" before taking the shot.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/08/keith-vidal-killed-by-cop_n_4562904.html

I'm trying to withhold my opinion before the investigation is complete and more details come out.  I just feel that it was a horrible situation all around.  Do you think that the parents should have called for assistance, or should their be a different avenue available?

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Thu, 01-09-2014 - 10:32am

Sadly, it happens a lot all over the US. 

I am glad that awareness of it seems to be increasing. The number of people shot who have schizophrenia far exceeds the number of people killed in mass shootings. We just never seem to hear about them.

P&PT for the family.