Family says officers shot and killed son

Loved ones say they called police for help and officers shot Keith Vidal.WECT 6 News

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – Emergency crews responded to the scene of an officer involved shooting at a home in Boiling Spring Lakes Sunday afternoon.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called to the incident at the request of District Attorney Jon David, according to a spokesperson for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. She said sheriff’s deputies were assisting BSL police with the initial response to a home on President Drive.  

At the scene, Mark Wilsey said officers shot his son.

Wilsey said his family called the police to help with his schizophrenic son Keith Vidal who had a screwdriver in his hand. Officers used at Taser on the son then shot him, according to Wilsey.

Wilsey said officers came into their home after they called for backup help when Vidal was having a schizophrenic incident.  Wilsey said officers had his son down on the ground after the teen was tased a few times and an officer said, “we don’t have time for this,” and shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing Vidal.

“There was no reason to shoot this kid,” Wilsey said. “They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help and they killed my son.”

The family said police shot Vidal because he had a screwdriver in his hand. They said it was a tiny screwdriver that would not have hurt anyone.

Both parents said they had to watch their son die in front of them. They said Vidal had just turned 18 years old and only weighed 90 pounds.

Vidal’s mother, also at the scene, said she could not understand what happened.

“Where is the justice, why did they shoot my son?,” she asked. “This is what’s wrong with our mental health system.”

The family said they recently lost their daughter in a car accident and this is the second child they will have to bury.

Neighbors on the scene said Vidal played with their children and he never was violent.  They said he had a history of depression and schizophrenia, but he was never harmful to others.

Vidal’s mother said she had tried multiple times to get Keith help for his mental illness. Emergency services treated her for a breakdown at the scene.

Details from officers on the scene are limited at this time, so stay with this story for the latest updates.

4 thoughts on “Family says officers shot and killed son

  1. Coward cops! Why couldn’t they have overcome the fellow instead of executing him? Are they too wimpy? One of them or all of them couldn’t have tackled him and put him on the ground?

    This is cold blooded murder plain and simple!

  2. With situations like this seems pretty clear to NOT call the police.I can understand needing paramedics or firefighters in some situations but police really seem to make the situation worse in many cases.That situation went down as reported would be a few openings in the police dept. if that was my family member or friend,it went down as reported hope the family sues the town,only way to get officials to wake up is to cost the taxpayers huge money and get them to get their town /city officials act together,sucks the family is going through so much loss twice.

  3. It has been said many times here on the trenches, DO NOT CALL THE POLICE! They are not there to “serve and protect”. They will execute anyone they can and not be prosecuted for it.

  4. Like Sunfire, I too have said time and time again, “Never, NEVER, EVER call the cops for anything!” Trust me. I know from experience.

    I even had my auto insurance agent tell me that if I ever get into a traffic accident, that I have to call the police first. I just looked at her and said, “Why do I have to call the police? Can I just call a friend? I don’t trust the police.” She just laughed and shook her head and said that she understood what I was saying but that was the policy. I said to myself, sorry, but I won’t be following that part of the policy.

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