Attorney: Shot teen was trying to stab police officer

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Submitted: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 4:56am
Updated: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 2:13pm

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The attorney representing a Southport Police officer who reportedly shot and killed a schizophrenic teen Sunday now says his client fired to protect another officer. But that story conflicts with what the officer himself said minutes after the shooting.

In an interview with CNN that aired this evening, attorney James Payne says Det. Bryon Vassey shot Keith Vidal, 18, because Vidal was not subdued even after being tased and restrained by Boiling Spring Lakes Ofc. John Thomas and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Dep. Samantha Lewis. Instead, Payne says Vidal was using a screwdriver he was holding to try to stab one of the officers.

“In the abdomen area,” Payne told CNN reporter David Mattingly on Thursday’s edition of “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “Apparently he had not (caused any injury). Again, apparently the officer had a bulletproof vest.”

But that’s not what Vassey himself reported Sunday afternoon.

“I don’t know if you’ve been advised or not, but shots fired,” Vassey radioed to a dispatcher moments after the shooting. “I’ve had to defend myself against the subject.”

Payne told WWAY Thursday evening via telephone that there are three things to remember when police immediately call dispatch following an incident.

First, Payne explained that the purpose of the call was to get dispatch alerted that somebody was down and needed emergency assistance.

Second, he said the officer is having to report what occurred while adrenaline is extremely high.

Finally, police officers look at each other as brother and sister and that an attack against one is an attack against themselves.

Payne admitted in the CNN interview that the other officer did not yell for help or ask for anyone to shoot Vidal. Instead, Vassey apparently made the decision to shoot on his own.

“The stabbing motion traveled to an exposed part of the down officer,” Payne said. “(Vidal) was not being subdued.”

Payne said Vassey’s decision was the right one.

Vidal’s family, who has said Vassey murdered the 90-pound teen, referred us to an attorney for comment today, but we did not hear back.

Records show Vassey was the last officer to respond to Vidal’s family’s home in Boiling Spring Lakes Sunday afternoon and that 70 seconds after the detective arrived, Vidal had been shot.

Vassey is on administrative leave as the SBI investigates what happened. Thomas and Lewis have been cleared of any wrong doing through internal reviews by their respective agencies and have returned to duty.


  • Oh...EXCUSE YOU... says:

    A YOUNG MAN is dead who shouldn’t be. Does that work better for you??

  • Guest2020 says:

    I don’t know how many of the officers involved engaged their tasers, but a statement Sheriff Ingram posted on Facebook states that the deputy involved did engage hers.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Your assumption that the officers were not trained, is erroneous. The actual shooter doesn’t sound like he was trained to deal with a mentally ill person. Either that, or he just didn’t want to deal with it. According to the dispatch records reported in the media, the first officer arrived fourteen minutes before the shooter. The second officer arrived within that fourteen minute time frame. Before the third officer arrived, one or both of the other officers had advised dispatch that the situation was under control. When the Southport officer arrived, the situation escalated again. You could be right in that the one officer was not trained, I don’t know. But based on what the media has reported the other two were able to control the situation before Hopalong Cassidy hopped along.

  • guesty says:

    Sorry, a coat isn’t a vest. Your “experiment” is flawed because you don’t know facts and don’t have the correct “equipment”. First, you don’t know what type of point was on the screwdriver, second you don’t have a ballistic vest to try it on. But hey, nice job at twisting things to try to make your point. Too bad you failed.

    By all your misspellings it is well apparent you are not as smart as you want others to think.

  • guesty says:

    You finally posted something that makes sense. Not all the crap you babbled about in the beginning of your post, but the part about drug testing.

  • dave lamme says:

    Ummm… I believe that you are part of the problem. A LEO, possibly? Not sure how you can call an 80 pound teen with a screwdriver a valid target for lethal force. Especially when he is on the ground with two officers in battle dress on top of him. Police are becomming more and more miltiarized in equipment and attitude. That is not their place.

  • Kathy Cook says:

    When the story first broke it was reported that the boy had calmed down and had agreed to go peacefully with the officers to get help and was in the process of handing over the screwdriver to his father. Then enters King Kong who immediately orders him tased which sets his body into spasms so KK pulls out his “tool” and shoots him saying he was defending himself, then changes that story to he was trying to stab one of the officers with the screwdriver while spasming from the tasers so he had to shoot him. And of course he couldn’t just shoot the hand with the screwdriver so he killed him. Huh?! Who IS this hot dog and who called him in to begin with? And then who made him boss? Seems to me this is another Zimmerman hot head who borders on criminally insane. I also believe he blew out the ear drums of the officers he was trying to “protect”. What a butthole! If he gets off there’s going to be hell to pay. People are fed up with the Gestapo attitude of late. Jobs can be lost just as easily as they were found, from the recruits all the way up to the Commissioners. This is America, it’s not going to happen here.

  • Anonymous says:

    The cops were called because there are literally NO OTHER OPTIONS for the mentally ill in this area. I am a mental health professional, so I know. The fact that you think a call to the cops unequivocally means that Vassey had a right to shoot shows either stupidity or naiveté on your part, sir.

  • Anonymous says:

    Did you seriously just suggest that Keith’s behavior was the result of irresponsible parenting? I have said it earlier in this thread, I will say it again- THERE. ARE. NO. LONG-TERM. OPTIONS. FOR. THE. MENTALLY. ILL. IN. THIS. AREA. In your book, “due diligence” means creating a whole new mental health system and putting their son into it. The citizens in Brunswick County are more likely to find a unicorn than a long-term solution for mental illness.

  • guest588 says:

    Police officers are tested regularly for drugs without any prior knowledge. They pull them and a supervisor takes them so from the time they know they are not alone. Not only are they drug test regularly and randomly (more than ONCE a year) they also must keep a log for every time they take ANY medication down to a Tylenol. So there are very strict guidelines on what they can do more than any other job. I am sure in your job you are free to take cold medicine or a Tylenol for a headache without letting your supervisor know. Law Enforcement officers carry more certification and have more restrictions than the public has any idea. They are certified in ever area they enforce and must be recertified every year in certain fields. Their certifications are not one time certifications that are good for their whole career as with some. If they do not pass these certifications they are taken off the road until they do remediation and score what is expected.

  • guest588 says:

    That child is 18 and if he shot his mother or police officer would have been charged as an adult. He is a young man not a child.

  • desert eagle says:

    Hey einstein you say don’t attack cops and they wont shoot you.You must
    have had a lack of donuts or a brain malfunction,remember the strickland kid in wilmington where your buddies shot thru the door and shot the dog(he must have wanted the donut they had) and shot the kid.
    They didn’t find anything but the ps-4 and a girl.So yes it is complicated. Oh by the way i know all that sugar as effected your thinking,so i’ll give ya a little tid bit, his dad was one of the most prominent trial lawyers in raleigh.So guess how it ended and yes it is a big deal.And lay off the donuts

  • Guest phew says:

    These little counties are becoming like Nazi Germany! A badge or political appointment means you have a free reign of terror!!

  • stwth6461 says:

    The officer firing at close range to the officers did more physical damage (and I would imagine emotional damage) to his fellow officers than a 90-lb. kid with a screwdriver could have possibly done.

  • David Call says:

    Now everyone stop!!!!!!! I want you to imagine……..this kid being BLACK! Just imagine…’s been 4 days and they have a resolve……just imagine……Where is Jesse and Al now? Where is the ACLU???

  • himynameis says:

    Apparently a bullet proof vest can stop a bullet, but not a screwdriver!

  • truth hurts says:

    Of course people don’t want to hear what else happened with this story. The parents spoke and that’s just as well as reading the bible! Why doesn’t wway look up how many calls are sent to officers to respond to calls in dealing with someone with a mental illness or even just in this past week I’m sure there were several. People make split second decisions everyday in almost everything you do. So just know the lawyer is just saying what his client saw at that time. If someone came at you with a screwdriver to harm you would you not do what it took to preserve life for you or someone you love? Of course you would!!! I don’t know the complete story but pieces to the puzzle are coming out and all of you are not wanting to hear that just burn the cop cause he killed a “defensless kid” who was armed with a screwdriver. Sad part is these people hold the future of our country

  • guestifer says:

    Was the Southport Detective called to the scene as part of a mutual aid request or did he show up because he was sitting at home (he lives in BSL) in his pajamas drinking PBR and decided he was needed. Was a drug and alcohol test done on the officer? Was he even on duty at the time? Granted the family presents itself as a bit different than most families, their son did not deserve to die at the hands of some hot head. Chief Dove said his internal investigation will not be completed until the SBI completes their investigation… I can not imagine why… until then, the PBA lawyer is going to maneuver and posture his clients defense.

  • guesty says:

    Thanks for showing your ignorance. Yes, a ballistic vest can easily be punctured by a knife or screwdriver. Police wear ballistic vests and prison guards wear stab resistant vests.

  • Justice please says:

    Those are the facts that nobody is disputing. How can any rational person justify using deadly force in that circumstance? Completely idiotic that anyone would consider that act justified. These police officers were equipped with weapons, vests and outnumbered the kid 3:1. Come on.

  • Joey Heatherton says:

    The parents called the police and they arrived and handled the situation. The kid was obviously dangerous or the parents wouldnt have called police, they would have called a therapist, or mentor, or bowling alley to book some quality time. They called police and the police handled it. Dont attack cops and they wont shoot you. Its not complicated.

  • Southern Born says:

    There are many cases where the cops get it wrong,. It appears to me that this cop endangered his fellow officers and the step father and killed a mentally ill 90 pound boy. Whether it was justified or not will be on how honest the Brunswick County Sheriff Deputy is.
    Just Google Cops charged with murder and look at all that pops up!!! Eye opener
    The SIU charged the cop with 2nd degree murder!!! Good morning JUSTICE,” Sarah Yatim said.
    The Yatim family said in a statement that it was “relieved” the SIU had recommended charges against Forcillo.“Over 20 uniformed police officers were present and no one stepped forward to stop the gun shots or offer any mediation. Moving forward we expect complete transparency and accountability.

    The statement said officers approached Ferrell to investigate the original call. Ferrell ran toward the officers and one officer fired a taser, however it failed to discharge, police said.
    Ferrell continued to run toward police when Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, fired his weapon, hitting Ferrell several times, according to WSOC. Ferrell was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Read more:
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    I for one trust the BCSO office but, I believe in checks and balances, without good measures we end up with a system so protective of our regulators that any force used is justifiable. My son is in the 4th grade he is 5 feet tall and ways 80lbs if he has a pencil in his hand and is acting up can they shoot him after he is electrocuted.
    When I was growing up I witnessed several teachers that would take on students who were very violent and no one got shot.
    I just think he should be charged and then a trial by his piers should decide, not some outside regulatory agency in the same business.
    Remember if your neighbor has a 6 inch screwdriver and two other neighbors have electrocuted him, his father is between you and him and you reach around and shoot him its okkkkkkkkk!!!!
    I’m just saying he should be charged, if for no other reason so that the participants have to testify under Oath and before 12 people, that way confidence in the system is restored.

  • Southern Born says:

    Not even Houdini could get a 90lb. boy to thrust a Screw driver through a bullet proof vest, your the ignorant one, as a matter of fact anyone who believes that this person is accurate, go to your closet pull out and old coat, wrap it in around a pillow and then thrust a 6 inch screwdriver through it, its not an icepick!!! its a screw driver it has length and mass guess them bullet proof vest are useless against a crossbow or compound bow.

    Google Compound Vest they will even stop shrapnel, stop defending this guys actions, he thinks he justified his story is changing, you think he is justified so your defending him. Bottom line, I want him charged and judged by his peers, that way if he is innocent then everyone can move on. And when did a bullet say a 17 HMR will not have the surface area of a screwdriver a hundreds times the inertia!!! Not all bullets are the size of a 45 Caliber.

  • John says:

    Bryon Vassey … what a coward.

    The should lock him down and let him explain on the yard why he is such a punk.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …what it means, so please explain this “idiotic” set of known conditions:

    * Why is it that the young mans father easily weighing in at 250lbs+ couldn’t accept the task of disarming his OWN, tiny, harmless little 90 lb son that was threatening mom with a “little screwdriver that wouldn’t hurt anybody” instead of initiating a frantic 911 emergency response to a domestic violence/suicidal situation? Not only that, but for the 32nd time? Are ya kiddin’ here? IF I had EVER mustered up the courage to threaten MY mother with even a feather, I would’ve been set flat on my narrow ass in less tha 0.5 seconds, wondering what just happened!

    * Just how many 911 calls does it require to the same trailer before people that are supposed to be “responsible parents” do due diligence and get some seriously required help? We are assuming that 32 isn’t sufficient in your book, right?

    Soooo…why don’t you provide us with more of your enlightening “idiotic” observations?

  • guest588 says:

    No it really doesn’t matter to me what you call him. I’m sure he did not refer to himself as a child. I was simply stating he is considered a young man at 18 years of age. And are you so sure he shouldn’t be. Were you there and witness the whole incident? No one has the right to be threaten whether it be the young man, the mother, or the officer.

  • guest007 says:

    That’s right. Look it up you will see bullet proof vest are for bullets and not all bullets. They are not 100% protective. They are not for protection of knives screwdrivers or other things that could be used to stab. Look it up an investgate you would be surprised just how little they do compared to he craziness of people today.

  • angela morris says:

    So all they are required to do ShoulD automatically give them the right to shoot a mentally ill teenager and change their story about why they did it. No I think not officer should be required to do everything you said but they should also be required to use common sense and not abuse their authority but most importantly they should not be above the law they are sworn to protect.

  • guesty says:

    Many departments have level 2 or 3 ballistic vests and those vests can be penetrated by a screwdriver, especially if it is a small slotted screwdriver. Ballistic vests operate by taking blunt force impact from a round and dispersing the energy. Soft body armor (what they have) will not protect from most rifle rounds or edged or pointed weapons.

    No patrol officer wears shrapnel resistant vests.

    I won’t even waste my time attempting to give all the corrections your posting needs.

  • portcity says:

    This is a sad tragedy. These officers were not rained to deal with mentally ill and should not of been dispatched to the scene. This happenes with the mentally ill ” A Thousand” times a day with no life loss. Officers should not be allowed to be judge and jury! The definition and law od defending themself is only protecting the officers from not being charged with murder. Anyone else in the country would be locked up already with a murder charge. He has a badge so its OK?? Is every parent of a mentally ill child supposed to pick up a gun when there child is out of control? There is a reason our judical system doesnt charge and try the mentally ill, Because they have no jurisdiction over them so why should this officer? Many people lose there lifes to officers involved shooting that could be prevented and lives could be saved. Death should be a VERY LAST RESORT.Did you even try to grab the screw driver. How could three officers not get a screwdriver out of his hand. I used to do it about ten times a day to my brother who was twice my size (way over 100pds) and has really tried to hurt me before. I guess i should of just shot him!? Your a trained officers and do your job and protect the Public!!! LEO are loosing faith with the public. This officer would have not walked out of my house in this situation and i probably wouldn’t have either!

  • rubytuesday says:

    I got it, lets send the cop who killed this 18 year old over to this lawyer’s house in the middle of a crisis and then let us publicly humiliate his family….we need to hold our cops to a higher standard..we need cops with an IQ of some kind other then this.. Is our criminal justice system working…let me count all the slimy lawyers who extort money from families like this. Due not cheap..and it often still does not come….when you pay a slime lawyer. The country is running backwards..not forward. We can’t keep turning our back on the mentally ill, they need our help.

  • kensai says:

    nowhere in this article does it say that the parents were the ones that called the police,people are jumping to conclusions here before all the facts are present and yes anytime you discharge a weapon on duty it needs to be investigated as that is using extreme and lethal force. What should be disturbing you is the reference to the other officers as being brothers and sisters as that smells of the us against them attitude that pervades across the police forces across America which means they may lie under oath simply because he wears blue.

  • Excuse buster says:

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  • Southern Born says:

    one a slotted screwdriver is not like a knife, try my experiment, A knife can be stuck in wood with very little effort, you can ram a screwdriver into wood and the amount of force is much greater. and example is that a broad tip type razor arrow point will penetrate a vest with ease as it slices, but a regular target point will not!!! you are playing on peoples ignorance, a knife will slice the threads and can easily penetrate the pillow, try it with a screwdriver genius you will find its impossible. I sure hope they use that defense and use my example in court. Cause and icepick and Knife will penetrate but a Screwdriver will not. I challenge anyone on this site to try my experiment if you honestly conclude that Questy is right you have defied the Laws of Physics. It may seem possible but its not. it would take the same anoumt of force required to drive a 223 bullet through, because its not pointy nor does it slice, If its a Phillips head then it will penetrate.

    If its pointy it will penetrate with ease, if its got any surface area it will not that’s why its stops bullets the bullet cannot penetrate and separate the object will not go through.

    I suspect he know this but will tell you a knife can penetrate the vest. My son has been trying to stab that screwdriver through that coat for an hour, he ways a hundred pounds and is 5 feet tall.

  • captsundrop says:


  • MikeB says:

    And? This has to do with what exactly?

  • X Officer says:

    I have seen it all, I was an officer of brunswick county, and there are alot of things that happen behind the doors that the public does not see. The first problem is there are too many white officers. The beat people up and get away with it because the blue code in law is always to protect the white code.

  • guesty says:

    But it is a known fact the step-father called the police.

    “Could you send an officer over here. We have a son that has schizophrenia, and he’s not doing very good,” Mark Wilsey told a 911 operator Sunday.

    Wilsey, Vidal’s father, called police Sunday afternoon for help with his son.

    “He wants to fight his mother. He’s got a screwdriver,” Wilsey told the operator. “She’s scared to death of him.”

  • Michael Catze says:

    It took 26 days from the time Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman until the first march took place. Allowing for sufficient time for the police to investigate and to cover up all evidence against George Zimmerman and his grandfather the judge.

  • GuestMan. says:

    I want to know why everybody isn’t out there marching for justice for this young man, whether you are white or black or purple. You can even be a racist, but everyone should be shoulder to shoulder on this one.

  • cops gone wild says:

    The big deal is a child is dead that probably shouldn’t be! WOW

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    for the heat to die down so they can say the pig was justified in shooting him. Seen it too many time before. If they don’t clear him they will setup the grand jury to do it.
    These cops all over the country are walking a thin line one day their killing innocent citizens will cross the line and they will become fair game…you can only push people so far. The only reason they can have the power they do is because we allow it.
    They also need to be drug tested randomly and I don’t mean only one a year, on a rotating basis monthly so they will never know when. Steroid rage ????

  • ruby tuesday says:

    what…you mean as long as it is a split second decision and it is a police officer, we should all be on board with this? Idiot logic…first of all, this should never have been a split second decision, and second if it was a split second decision… it was a perfect example of an idiot with a gun…who needs this kind of protection from the police…who wants this policeman to come to their home in a crisis…this police officer would be a nightmare to come into your home. For God’s sake the mentally ill deserve better treatment.

  • Kieth Vassey says:

    cop arrives radios HQ he is at scene *time logged* exit car approach scene minimum 15 seconds go by. (We are now down to 55 seconds left till kill shot) Enters and disrupts the situation and Kieth gets aggravated. from just running through the possible scenarios he spent 20 seconds assessing the situation but more than likely less. then apparently proceeded to taser him. And that SUPPOSEDLY did not work so he unholsters his weapon fires around the officers actually there trying to help then calls in to report his heroic actions. What would the proper amount of time estimate be between the killing and calling on the radio? I would ASSUME, having such a spotless record he probably took some time to process what just happened then secured his weapon gathered his thoughts then called it in. *Time logged* 70 SECONDS. Basically walked through the door not knowing
    what was going on and tasered Kieth then shot him. 70 SECONDS. The time is validated on both sides. That alone should be enough to put this guy away for murder. I am not sure he did the tasering but there have been some posts that claim he did and some claim he walked in and ordered tasering be done. Anyway he should be a huge embarrassment to the other officers that were there before hand.

  • Lyn says:

    I have no doubt that the men and women who have made it thru a police academy are capable of being able to study until they “score what is expected”. But what I have been reading about and watching on TV are incidents where officers respond out of emotion and anger instead of common sense. What I have been seeing are annoyed and angry men in a uniforms.

  • cops gone wild says:

    Come on ,what’s the SBI doing it’s been almost a week sense this tragic event happened.All the evidence(dispatch calls,911 call,eye witnesses)has been available from the beginning,its not like they had to go out and uncover it.It is not their job to determine guilt or innocence that woukd be a juries job. They only need enough evidence at this point to charge him or not.So what’s the hold up
    Mr. Cooper.

  • Pawsalt says:

    Actually the judge on the Zimmerman case was some fat old white women who was not related to him at all. If you had even watched part of the trial you would know she even did everything she could to hinder the defense(Zimmerman.)

  • twosides28478 says:

    totally right………..father is a big guy, and he couldn’t, wouldn’t, didn’t put his own son on his ass in defense of his wife.
    for some reason the parents could not handle their son. he is not the only child with problems. only those that were involved know the story from their own prospective.

    lets let both sides do their jobs, and let the family grieve in peace.

  • guest 588 says:

    Blood work and other chemical testing could take up to 3 to 6 mos. Not covering up this isn’t the only blood work to be done. SBI does it for the whole state of North Carolina.

  • Pawsalt says:

    It really doesn’t matter because a vest only covers, or should only cover, your lungs and heart. Plenty of vital killing real estate open.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    Police Reject Candidate for Being Too Intelligent

    Posted on February 29, 2008 by fortruthandfreedom

    This is not the first time I’ve seen a story like this, it is apparently typical hiring policy for police in many areas. Let’s face it, they want a dumbed-down police force that’s just smart enough to follow orders. We just can’t have our police thinking too much or questioning procedure!

    This story says that the average I.Q. for a cop is 104, if that is accurate it means there are thousands of police with I.Q.’s in the 80-100 range. Is it any surprise then that incidents of police brutality and abuses upon citizens (as well as the Constitution) are now so frequent?

    From Ananova:

    A US man has been rejected in his bid to become a police officer for scoring too high on an intelligence test.

    Robert Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took an exam to join the New London police, in Connecticut, in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125.

    But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

    Mr Jordan launched a federal lawsuit against the city, but lost.

    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Mr Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

    He said: “This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class. I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”

    He said he does not plan to take any further legal action and has worked as a prison guard since he took the test.

    The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average

  • cops never do anything wrong says:

    that lawyer is gonna lie to try to get him off the hook. he murdered that boy and should spend life in prison. if you watch cops on tv. they arresting. people 5 times his weight and older.

  • Southern Born says:

    Really, Ok I bet you that more Police officers have killed and been charged with murdering civilian’s in the last three years than Adam Lanza killed.

    So if your point is that mentally ill kill people, then you should also point out that cops do to.

    Oh by the way a man was killed with a jock strap and bullet proof vest wont stop those, are we know safe in Southport if we wear underwear. Its deadly you know.

  • Lifeguard says:

    We all know he is a murderer. We are just waiting to see who are liars too. So far, the killer and the lawyer. We expect those two to lie, now lets see if there are more.

  • Charlie Horse says:

    There will be plenty more liars trust me on that. In fact I’m guessing you’ll be hearing so many lies coming from the police that you’ll loose count of the lies and people who tell them.

    Once this fades from the spotlight officer hero will quietly get his gun and badge back and will be free to reign more terror on the mentally ill, homeless, Blacks, Hispanics and anybody else that stands in his way.

    Just remember when he does it again, He didn’t have time for this…

  • Lisa Cote says:

    I thought lethal force was last resort. How could this police officer make a good decision to use lethal force after less than a two min time period. That’s a fact you need to consider, because the cop that shot the boy was on the record telling dispatch he arrived on scene, and the less than 2 min late the teen was shot dead. There were 2 cops and the boys father right there. The cops that were there already were familiar with this family and had been out before to HELP them. They did their job they were sworn to,,,To protect and serve,…….This other cop should be put in jail……

  • guest1182 says:

    I agree this was a bs police shooting but not your reasoning. The decision to use deadly force can be a split second decision and a situation can occur in much less than 2 minutes.

  • Old Guy says:

    Apparently you haven’t read anything in this article because if you had you would have read that they had already used words, physical force, a taser and then deadly force. Not that I am defending anything that happened in BSL because I was not there at that time. This Officer had to make a decision just that quick. The situation could have gone real bad real quick. I don’t think anyone of us out here would want to make that decision. How long does it take to decide whether or not to shoot?

  • waldo says:

    Does anyone remember Peyton Strickland?

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    He was a another mentally deranged young man with mental issues his parents didn’t address either. He murdered 20 totally helpless little children and 6 adults in less than 20 minutes.

    Startin’ ta ring a bell with ya yet?

  • guesty says:

    The punk that committed armed robbery? The same punk that committed assault? The same one that burned up all the favors daddy could pull in Durham so he had to come down here? Yea, I remember him and how much better the world is without a piece of trash like him in it.

  • Blisdale says:

    Yes, I remember him and the case. Too familiar

  • Rusty says:

    Has anyone thought about a screwdriver as a weapon? Most vital organs are within an inch or so of the skin; that being said even a “so called” small screw driver of 6 inches would be more than enough to kill a responding LEO.

  • Kieth Vassey says:

    100 pound kid highly trained with a screw driver and his SUPER POWER is being immune to 50’000 volt tasering and physically dominating all who confront him. His mental illness enables him to keep full control of his motor skills while sucking up the the taser juice to become… SUPER CHARGED PSYCHO WAIF MAN! Ya he sounds super scary especially for a trained professional or 3. Easy win even for a bad lawyer. Vassey should be toast.

  • haggler says:

    WWAY has presented the cops’ viewpoint, the Police Benevolent Association’s viewpoint, and now the attorney for the cop’s viewpoint. WHEN is it going to present the dead kid’s, his family’s and the community’s viewpoint?

  • Kevin Wuzzardo says:


    Thanks for your comment. Here’s the story from Sunday after Keith Vidal was shot and killed:

    Father says 18-year-old son murdered by Southport Police officer

    Here’s the story from Monday:

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

    We tried to talk with the family yesterday, but they referred us to an attorney, who has not returned our calls.

    News Content Manager
    WWAY NewsChannel 3

  • Kieth Vassey says:

    The media is about reporting the way they see fit not promoting anarchy by revealing the truth.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …from the very beginning. The “community” has been extremely vocal and opinionated without knowing the facts. This has tuned into a virtual witch hunt against LEO’s as the Brunswick Co. residents display great hatred and disdain. I wouldn’t live there if I felt the way they describe.

    I have still not heard a reason why this young man never received the neccessary treatment for his mental illness. 32 911 calls to this trailer clearly shows a serious disconnect and lack of appropriate action on the part of the responsible parents.

    I still have not heard a reason why the 250 pound father wasn’t willing OR able to disarm his little 90 lb. mentally frantic son and remove the threatening “tiny screwdriver that could never hurt anyone” rather than place yet ANOTHER emergency call to dispatch the police to respond to a domestic violence/suicidal event. I would like to hear this reasoning from the responsible party on this issue, that being the “father”.

  • My name is??? says:

    I am disgusted by all these comments about this family. First of all this family does not live in a trailer. They live in a beautiful house in boiling springs. this family is not trash. The father has a very successful lucrative business. I do not know this family but I do know the father Mark Wilsey, he is the kindest man you could meet.

    He comes from a very wealthy family and getting the son help was not because of money. It was because nobody realizes that people with mental disorders need help.

  • LLL says:

    Oh, I guess we all live in “trailers” in Brunswick County. You are ignorant. It was a house. And the 32 calls were over 8 YEARS. Also, it’s the “step” dad.

  • Southern bORN says:

    lets see

    1. It wasn’t his father, it was his step father, second if the police had of said, if we cant get that little screwdriver from him we are going to kill him. He may of given it a shot.

    2. Both were legal adults had he of harmed him in any way including killing him to get it he could have been charged.

    3. Police are suppose to be trained to defuse these kind of situations.(not Shoot to kill)

    4.Second when I call the police I expect cool heads and calm presence cause if you going to serve and (PROTECT) and that not themselves, but the citizens, which includes 90lb mental patients then you would most likely feel you are getting good assistance not a cold blooded, I don’t have time for this Gun happy municipal police officer.

    5.Police respond everyday to welfare checks on the sane and not so perfect mentally ill, IM sure they are aware that deadly force is not necessary just patients and good sense.

    If you justify this type of force no one is safe.

  • Guest Reality says:

    With the Father having a different last name than that of Keith Vidal, it’s safe to assume that he is a stepfather. In most cases, stepfather’s are not involved with disciplinary action. With that being said, don’t you think this man has enough on his plate then have to deal with with your abrasive attitude toward him?

    As for the community, recently police in Brunswick County have been involved with crime, cover ups and bullying. Yes, police are human too but the scope of this recent negative attention is enormous as compared to other counties and different times. With all due respect, Brunswick County needs healing between the police and those whom they serve. You certainly are entitled to your opinion but I don’t think you’re doing your brothers and sisters much good with your negative posts…Just sayin’

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    ..about all of the lucrative business, wealth and so on. The fact is he didn’t do anything to protect his wife from the menatally deranged son, yet continues to state his sons 90 lb. weight and the fact it was a “small screwdriver that couldn’t hurt anyone” is totally counter to the situation at hand as he describes it. He said it, nobody else did. HE called 911 to deal with it, nobody else did. Father, stepfather, whatever he was makes no difference. He is an adult male at almost 3X the weight that for some odd reason didn’t take charge of the situation, sought the authorities to do it for him and doesn’t like the outcome.

    Uh…and don’tcha think that 32 911 calls to one residence where a known schizoprhenic resides and illegal narcotics are evidenced is “realization” there is a mental disorder(s) that has dire need of some serious assistance?

  • Southern Born says:

    That all sounds good, you have a good argument. I’m confident that if he is charged that a jury will consider what you have said to be bull, that is if the judge even allows it. everything you said has nothing to do with him getting shot and the cops reasoning. the only time that counts is the last time. Unless he has used that screwdriver on cops before.

    As a citizen of Brunswick county I want him charged, and then give him a fair trail he already has a lawyer.

    I believe if he was a citizen, we would be yelling if he isn’t guilty why does he have a lawyer!!!!

    I just want to know the truth, so far all I’m hearing is BS.

    1. Was the officer injured (NO)
    2. was the officer threatened(no)
    3. Was the Officer Walking Around with a Attitude reportedly(yes)
    4. Did he shoot through 2 officer to kill the boy(yes)
    5. Has his story Changed(yes)
    6. Did a I witness say the officer was not in danger(yes)
    7. Is the witness Credible(decided by Jury)
    8. And can a 90lb child after being tased thrust a screw driver through a bullet proof vest,(Some say yes, Some say no). I’m betting his hand would slip off the handle first. if he could even move his arm.
    9.Did the officers on the scene call for backup and state they needed assistance. if not why was he there.
    10. Does Southport have a reciprocating agreement with BSL,
    Was he outside the legal area beyond his city limits as allowed by law.

    I’m betting on Manslaughter or Murder, If just 2 of the above are accurate and proven in front of a jury.

    But lets see if the officers involved are willing to let the justice system they have so much faith in Work


  • Guest481 says:

    If he is so wealthy why do people feel they need to set up a fund raiser for the young man funeral. Please we all know what kind of contractor this guy is and it doesn’t have a thing to do with all this.

  • Hey Crazy says:

    And you DO realize that it is nearly impossible to have an 18 year old committed don’t you? Do you think that family LIKED calling the police? Have you ever had to deal with a schizophrenic? 2 cops had to wrestle him to the ground WITH the use of a taser. You think a 250 lbs man with no self defense training can do it? You have to be OUT OF YOUR MIND if you actually think that shooting someone with a mental disability is ok?!?!?!?! The reason they called the police was because, like someone already stated, if the stepfather pinned his stepson to the ground and broke his arm or accidentally killed him, guess who goes to jail!!! The stepfather for abuse or murder!!! The cops were called because they having the TRAINING to deal with these types of people.

  • Guesttoo says:

    If an 18 year old man had threatened my wife with a weapon, the 911 call would have been after the fact and it would have been for an ambulance.

    Then there wouldn’t have been a shooting, justified or not.

  • guest000000 says:

    Armed Robbery and Simple Assault. Crimes punishable by the death penalty according to guesty. Oh, and he also committed the crime of opening a door.

  • guesty says:

    You must have some special reading glasses since nowhere in my post does it say what you claim. Poor widdle peyton was a POS that was fully in charge of his future and continued to make choices that ultimately led to his death. His actions set that whole course of events into motion.

  • Jan Schreuder says:

    You boss treating you mean? Or your wife? Or just a bad day?

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