Family of teen shot and killed by cop want justice, answers

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Submitted: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 4:56am
Updated: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 1:53pm

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.

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36 Comments on "Family of teen shot and killed by cop want justice, answers"

2015 years 8 months ago

This is the most intelligently written, useless, dumb comment I may have ever read.

2015 years 8 months ago

Those wouldn’t do any good since the shooting happened in the home.

2015 years 8 months ago

He’s a defense attorney. That’s his job.

2015 years 8 months ago

The boy had already been tazered three times, was no longer struggling, and was being held down by two officers, who repeatedly told this guy that they had it under control. There is no way he can get off with the “I feared for my life” defense; he had to step up and aim between the two officers holding him down (thereby endangering his fellow officers’lives as well)!

mary hopopes
2015 years 8 months ago

you are either retarded or probably scared silly of a KITTEN. The officers had already said the 90lb kid was under control. if an officer is that afraid, they should get into a line of work like pie tasting, etc. I thought he said he “didn’t have time for this” and shot him. It sounds more like he enjoyed his job than that he had to make a “split second decision” I will enjoy “I hope” hearing the outcome of this. I do believe that the “officer should be in jail instead of paid vacation while it’s being “investigated” by the DA John David. Wonder who makes the decision on “paid vacation instead of jail in a case of multiple witnesses. I hope the other 2 officers are men instead of “WHATEVER.”