Schizophrenic teen shot by police officer called to help him

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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC – At a Boiling Spring Lakes, NC home, 18-year-old Keith Vidal, battling mental illness, was wielding a screwdriver at family members.

When Vidal’s family called 911, they thought help was on the way.

Instead, Keith was shot to death just minutes after police arrived at his home.

Everything was under control — at first. But just a minute and ten seconds after a third officer arrived on the scene, that third officer made this call: “I don’t know if you’ve been advised, shots fired, I’ve had to defend myself against this subject.”

Stunned and furious, Keith’s family and friends are demanding answers.

The officer who shot keith is now on administrative leave and the district attorney is promising to investigate, but that is cold comfort to a family grieving the loss of their son.

“I watched him shoot my son in cold blood right in front of me. And there’s no changing that,” Keith’s stepfather, Mark Wilsey, said.

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