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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Police Benevolent Association says officers followed the law when they responded to a call Sunday that ended with a Boiling Spring Lakes teen being shot and killed.

In a statement, the PBA says after being tased, Keith Vidal, 18, made physical contact with BSL Ofc. John Thomas with the hand he was using to hold a screwdriver. That’s when Southport Police Det. Bryon Vassey, In the PBA’s words, “Employed authorized law enforcement action to stop the continuing threat of deadly harm to Officer Thomas and others.”

Thomas and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Dep. Samantha Lewis have been cleared by internal reviews by their respective departments.

Vassey is on paid administrative lead as the SBI investigates.

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Robert T. Willis
2015 years 9 months ago

Lol…….I didn’t say I agreed with his actions…… I said I know him and for all you perry mason types to wait for the SBI report to come out! But as usual…. you jump to your ignorant conclusion!

myname
2015 years 9 months ago

We have to hold our police to a higher standard, they need college educations and better pay. Do we want police officers like this showing up to our homes in the midst of a crisis. Society has been turning their backs on the mentally ill and their loved ones for some time. By reaching out and helping the mentally ill, we in turn improve our own society. When will the madness end!! We need a special task force coming from and trained by the mental health establishments to safely transport the mentally ill to a hospital. We have got to get this under control.

guest 588
2015 years 9 months ago

And has anyone noticed how many times the families story has changed and the threats that are rumored they have made to harm law enforcement. Now that sounds like a fine upstanding all American family. Also a mom so upset by all this but had time to go on the internet Monday set up a fund for her son funeral go to press conference and beat door until someone notice her. She is only asking for $30,000 in donations for funeral cost. That’s quite a nice going away. don’t think average cost of funeral is $30,000 maybe average attorney fees?????

melissamarie
2015 years 9 months ago

I love when people rant with I have some NEW NEWS.. Hun the mother did not create the fund link. I shared the link personally and if came from a friend of the teen that was killed. So before you blast a fact, check it first

Magnum P.I.
2015 years 9 months ago

Just food for thought: You so graciously throw us your opinions of this officer, a former colleague of yours. Aren’t you the same Robert T. Willis of the Southport Police Department that was dismissed in 2006 for Domestic Violence? Wouldn’t that fact alone discredit you from being a character witness for this man?

 

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