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Police Group: Detective Who Fatally Shot Mentally ill Teen Acted Justly

News // Jan 11 2014

CNN

Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina – A North Carolina detective justifiably shot a schizophrenic 18-year-old because he believed another officer’s life was in danger, a group representing police officers said, offering an account vastly different from that of the late teen’s outraged family.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association laid out its version of what happened in Boiling Spring Lakes in a statement issued Wednesday, three days after Keith Vidal was killed.

The most salient part was its defense of a Southport police detective for shooting Vidal after, in its view, determining that the teenager posed a “deadly threat” to another officer. The professional organization represents both these officers but not a sheriff’s deputy also at the scene.

“(The) detective … employed authorized law enforcement action to stop the continuing threat of deadly harm to (the officer) and others,” the Police Benevolent Association concluded.

The Southport detective’s lawyer, W. James Payne, has told CNN affiliate WWAY that once investigations into the shooting are complete, “All folks — everybody — will conclude that the officers acted appropriately.”

Payne elaborated to CNN on Wednesday night, claiming that his client fired after Vidal made multiple attempts to stab the other officer with a screwdriver. The other officer was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not injured.

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3 Responses to "Police Group: Detective Who Fatally Shot Mentally ill Teen Acted Justly"

  1. wladek January 12, 2014 7:21 am Reply

    being jabbed with a baby screwdriver is equivelant of being punctured with a sixteenpenny nail. ask any carpenter if that will kill you. nada. a puncture wound necessitating a tentanus shot at most will occur. these coppers are lying pond scum eager to kill. the more they get away with this the more this will happen. to start with, ban these police unions. they make as much sense as unionized military. next they will be justifying rape and mayhem.

  2. Jolly Roger January 12, 2014 9:30 am Reply

    Ah, yes….of course he acted “justly”.

    He said “we don’t have time for this” just before pumping the executioner’s bullet into the 90 pound kid, who somehow seemed like a threat to the gang of pigs that had already tasered him, and were holding him down for the fatal blow.

    Must have been a discount on the big box of doughnuts that ended at noon, or something.



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