Police shot and killed a North Carolina couple’s 18-year-old son in their home after they called for help when he was having a schizophrenic attack. The devastated parents, who recently lost their daughter in a car accident, are seeking justice for the unjustified death of their son.
Mark Wilsey and his wife of Boiling Lakes, N.C. were forced to watch their son Keith Vidal die before their eyes when a police officer tased and then shot him in the chest. The family had called the police for help because their son was having a schizophrenic episode, clutching a small screwdriver that he did not want to put down.
Wilsey said that two officers had calmed Vidal down and were physically restraining him when a third officer came in and tased him several times. With the words "we don't have time for this,” the officer then shot Vidal in the chest.
“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.”
Vidal had a history of schizophrenia and depression, but was not violent. Having just turned 18 and due to graduate from high school this spring, he weighed only 90 pounds. Wilsey said the officers could have “talked to him another 10 minutes” instead of using any violence at all.
Neighbor Ricky Powell said that Vidal was a “good kid” who came over to play basketball with his sons. He doesn’t know how the family will get over the loss of their second child.
"I don't know if they will recover from this," Powell said. "How do you go back and live in the house where your child was shot?"
"Where is the justice, why did they shoot my son?," Vidal’s mother asked. "This is what's wrong with our mental health system."
The mother had to be treated for a mental breakdown after witnessing her son’s death.
Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David has requested that the State Bureau of Investigation look into the incident, according to the county sheriff’s office.