BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There are new details in the case of a Boiling Spring Lakes teen shot and killed by an officer Sunday afternoon.
As the district attorney prepared for a news conference today, the family of Keith Vidal, 18, showed up in force with signs and a message: justice for Keith.
Family gathered in the lobby outside DA Jon David’s office waiting for his news conference, which they say they were not invited to or informed of.
The conference was moved inside the office at the last minute, which infuriated relatives, who say this is a cover-up for murder.
“See this kid? This is my son,” Vidal’s mother Mary Vidal said as she held up a picture of him. “This is my flesh and blood that they murdered.”
Inside David said he could not discuss specifics of the case but ensured that an outside investigation by the SBI will bring out the truth.
David said he could not release the names of the officers involved, but Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove tells us that Bryon Vassey, an officer with nine years in the department, has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Boiling Spring Lakes Police department both say they do not have any officers on administrative leave, though David says both agencies were involved in the incident.
The lawyer representing the officer who allegedly shot Vidal says he is confident of three things: That the SBI will do a thorough investigation and that David will judicially reflect on the facts of the investigation. But James Payne said one thing is most important.
“When that investigation is done and that review has been completed all folks, everybody will conclude that the officers acted appropriately,” Payne said.