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Southport Police Department

Charged officer's attorney tells more about BSL shooting

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videoThe attorney for a Southport police officer charged with killing a Boiling Spring Lakes teen is speaking out on his client's behalf. Det. Bryon Vassey's attorney James Payne says a body microphone on one of the other officers involved reveals what he believes really happened January 5. Full story...
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UPDATE: Officer charged with shooting teen turns himself in, bonds out

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videoA Southport Police detective turned himself in to deputies Tuesday night and then quickly bonded out, according to the Brunswick County Jail. Monday night, a grand jury indicted Det. Bryon Vassey, who's accused of fatally shooting Keith Vidal, 18, less than two minutes after arriving at the teen's home Jan. 5. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Police called to slain teen's home 32 times since 2006

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videoThe Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says Dep. Samantha Lewis went to the hospital for ear discomfort after the gun shot that killed Keith Vidal Sunday in boiling spring lakes was fired close to her ear. Plus, we're learning more about how often law enforcement had to go to Vidal’s home Full story...
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Police Benevolent Assoc. says officers followed law during BSL shooting

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videoThe 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. Full story...
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BSL officer, deputy cleared in incident that ended in teen's death; 911, radio traffic provide more detail

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videoBoiling Spring Lakes Police and the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office say internal reviews have cleared their officers of any wrongdoing in Sunday's incident that ended with a teen dead. Meanwhile new information reveals the police officer who reportedly pulled the trigger was only on the scene for 70 seconds before shooting and killing Keith Vidal, 18. Full story...
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Family of teen shot and killed by cop want justice, answers

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video The family of a Boiling Spring Lakes teen shot and killed by a police officer at his home yesterday is demanding answers and justice. Full story...
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Father says 18-year-old son murdered by Southport Police officer

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videoA Boiling Spring Lakes father says his son was murdered by police this afternoon. Mark Wilsey says he called police when his 18-year-old, 90 lb. son had a screwdriver that he would not let go. But Wilsey says he never expected calling for help would end with son being shot and killed by someone sworn to serve and protect. Full story...
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Southport's first black police chief remembered, laid to rest

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videoSouthport's first black police chief died in his sleep Monday. Southport's first black police chief, George McCracken, 72, died in his sleep Monday. His funeral will be held today at Southport Baptist Church on Howe Street at 2 p.m. Full story...
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Southport chief says officer won't park in apartment's handicap spot

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Southport's police chief says there's a reason one of his officers was parking in a handicapped spot at an apartment complex. Full story...
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Southport police chief apologizes after employee arrested

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video Southport's police chief is speaking out after one of his employees was arrested over the weekend. Last week the Brunswick County Sheriffs Office received a complaint about Anthony Buntyn, a clerk for the Southport Police Department. Saturday deputies arrested Buntyn and charged him with disseminating obscenity and impersonating a police officer. Full story...
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