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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — The 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.

A warrant shows Vidal’s sister was arrested on drug charges 2 days before the incident that ended his life.

Records also show more than thirty 911 calls from their home at 1130 President Road in the past seven years.

Officers arrested 25-year-old Nicole Wilsey for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia Friday.

Records show 32 calls to Brunswick county 911 since 2006, including several calls for domestic issues, as well as disorderly conduct and a juvenile out of control.

The call from Sunday is listed as “psychiatric-abnormal behavior-suicide attempt.”

As for deputy Lewis, she was treated and released from the hospital.

The sheriff’s office says she needs more testing to see if there will be any lasting damage.


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  • Ted

    I trust the word of the Wisley family over the cops any day. Them kicking them out of the press conference is a sure sign the cover up has begun. The press is trashing the family & the cops arent talking. They wont let them see the body.
    “Good things are done in the open, in the sun light & bad things are done behind closed doors, in the dark”.
    -Jim Tucker, true journalist.

  • Ted

    They should test the Murderer, I mean Cop as well!

  • Mikey88

    Is this the same Deputy Lewis that flipped her car doing 100 mph on 17 and got away with just a slap on the wrist. Hope there’s no funny business with this investigation.

  • Magnum P.I.

    I am appalled by the blatant lack of information in this report. The way that these “facts” have been presented make me question the integrity of the reporter, and thusly, WWAY for allowing such to be representative of their company.

    To report the number of times that 911 has been called to the residence in seven years, but not disclose the nature of those calls is irresponsible at best. Perhaps this was intentional, to illicit a bias from your readers, perhaps not. If it wasn’t intentional, then it is just lazy reporting. I say shame on you, and shame on anyone who would automatically assume wrongdoing without the “FACTS” of those particular instances.

    To report on the arrest of the deceased’s sister, which shows nothing of the character of the parties involved in this tragedy, is tasteless at best. Also, I will note that in doing my own investigating, I only uncovered a report showing that she was arrested for a probation violation. (http://wilmingtonmugshots.com/mug-shot/nicole-marie-wilsey/?slider=152) Also, I noted that you did not mention whether the sister lived in the same home as Vidal, or whether she was on the scene before or after this tragedy took place.

    While my sources are surely limited, in comparison, perhaps it would be prudent for WWAY to refrain from publishing such vague “facts” and get to the meat of the story. Surely if you are alleging that the family has been a burden to Law Enforcement, EMS, 911 Dispatch, or the community, you will find the “Proof” to back up your allegations.

  • Kblue2221984

    Where you there? Nuff said!! Say’s who!? Say’s Kblue!!!

  • Isla Rose

    Skipper so your telling me just because they had non threating family issues that justifies Keith being shot.

  • mike johnson

    Let’s see some history on Byron Vassey released. I did see one previous article about the Sheriff’s deputy.

  • mike johnson

    Very well put, Kelly

  • officer

    were you at the scene? I guess you were behind your deskrunnynose

  • Sara

    Really? You are as bad as the reporter talking about the kid’s sister! What in the world does the fact that Dep. Lewis made a mistake 2 years ago have to do with the price of eggs in Africa? Let’s see here – NOTHING! She is not the one that pulled the trigger! The officer that pulled the trigger was a Southport officer and is it just me or does that sound messed up, seeing as the address in Boiling Spring Lakes? If I am correct the cop that killed this young man was out of jurisdiction to begin with, pulled the trigger ONE minute TEN seconds after arriving on scene! In that amount of time he barely had time to asses the situation! And he fired BETWEEN Dep. Lewis and the other officer. Had either of these officers leaned the wrong way just prior to the shot, they would have been the one to die – at the hands of their fellow brother in blue. Would we be questioning all of this trivial stuff then? NO – He would be fired and probably sentenced to a long stay at central.

    Prayers are with this family through their losses and healing. And many prayers to the idiots judging people for mistakes they made in the past – only one entity has the right to cast judgement on us. Oh and 32 calls since 2006 – let’s see from Jan.- Jan. that would be 8 years – 96 months – 1 call every three months or four per year. Considering they have a child with mental health issues I don’t think that is all that bad and also, nowhere has anyone said all 32 calls were related to this child. Has anyone stopped to think some may have been for strange noises outside, or the sister, or medical help for another family member or even for a smoke investigation? To talk to a cop you HAVE to call 9-1-1, there’s no way around it unless you drive to the sheriff’s dept. And even then chances are good you’ll be told to call 9-1-1. Go educate yourself please!

  • Skipper

    Could the relevance be the fact that 911 was called and LEO responded to this location 32 times since 2006? That’s a LOT of drama, and as the old saying goes…where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire……..

  • jj

    Being it is a know fact that there are/were durgs in the house it will be interesting to see what the Toxicology report will show.

  • Kelly

    I have read this report that the police was called to the victims house 32 times in the past 7 years.
    What surprised me the most is how people actually thought “well there you go, the cop is justisfied”.
    Well let’s just take a moment to do the math and really use our brains here.
    In 32 calls BSL officers were able to control the situation and no one was ever harmed.
    Okay, was Bryan Vassey at any of these calls that ended peacefully? No, that was BSL officers who were able to control the situation without using excess force.
    Now let’s put the story together here, 32 calls with no violence , but Bryon Vassey wasn’t a responding officer.
    1 incident out of 33 calls and Bryon Vassey responds and the kid ends up dead!!
    What seems to be the difference in these situations??
    Come on people you have to see this!
    Also keep in mind the other BSL officers and the SD had already been with the victim 14 minutes with no violence before and radioed in “everything was fine”. But 70 seconds after Byron Vassey gets on scene the kid is dead.
    Also from the words of his own attorney the BSL officer is was “stabbing” never asked for help or for him to shoot. I would like as a logical person that if I couldn’t get someone subdued and they were stabbing me or at me I would be asking for help! But then let’s step outside of all that for a moment and consider this. If the situation was under control didn’t Bryan Vassey himself create the hostile situation when he walked into a controlled situation and demanded a calm 18 year old kid to be tased? Then let’s question the fact as to why Bryan Vassey didn’t try to assist in helping get the boy subdued , since he said he wasn’t ? I would think a 90lbs kid with 2 tasers stuck in him already with 2 officers on him and they said 2 other BSL officers had responded also.. Could all of these grown men not take a screw driver out of the kids hand? Oh, yeah that’s right Bryan Vassey never even tried he just shot! Yeah I’m sure he didn’t want to break a sweat or anything. Now I question his dispatch call “I’ve had to defend myself against the subject”.
    But his statement is saying he had to defend the other officer . Hmmm now why would he change his story?
    Well maybe because it can be to easily proved that he was on no danger of the child he never even got near him until he stood OVER him and shot him , I’m sure then he was like that’s not gonna work so let’s twist this so I will be the hero at the scene. Because we all know those BSL officers don’t know what they are doing and needed to be saved right? Come on people , if it had never been mentioned that that child had mental health issues everyone would be outraged. But as soon as that was mentioned he became less of a person ,a nuisance that was taken care of , or just one less check a month! I know plenty of teenager and adults that do not have any mental health issues and are more of a danger than half the people diagnosed with a mental health issue.
    If this person had dementia, or autism , Down syndrome you would be outraged and not so quick to write it off.
    This kid has chemical imbalance in his brain, half the people you probably know have some form of mental health issue weather it be depression, anxiety , add, ADHD, or bi-polar disorder. Does that make them less of a person , does that justify killing them ? Are they no worthy of breathing the same air as us? These are humans just like Keith was ? Don’t in-humanize him. He was murdered, and he needs justice!

  • joshjenkins

    Please tell your story to Gov. Pat McCrory and explain to him that by refusing to expand Medicaid and turning down state health insurance exchanges, he has affected many lives for the worse. Your child is proof that playing politics hurts people. We need a government that looks beyond spite in making decisions.

    Bless you and I hope your child is able to get the care he/she needs.

  • Off The Cuff

    Any situation involving a mental patient or someone on drugs can change in a flat second, so your theory doesn’t hold as much water as you think. Been there, done that, have to injuries to prove it.

  • sam pic

    I am a nurse that has worked with the mentally ill for many years and there are a lot of these individuals that refuse help or do not take the medications that help control these psychotic episodes. Was the kid on medication and if he was, had he been taking it? Some of the medication have to taken for a substance amount of time before the desired effect occurs. If there was a substance abuse problem in the family, did the kid have any at all to take? Some of the psychiatric medication are desirable o drug dependent personality.

  • MM

    I really have to control myself, as outraged as i am over this story, Alyssa Rosenberg used poor judgement and even worse ethics for posting this story. What purpose does it serve to report about Vidal’s sisters arrest, please help me see what relevance that has to do with his death, or this sad tragedy. It appears to be a smear campaign against the family or just another tactic the news(WWAY) uses to gain ratings. This is not a political campaign, and I find this and WWAY as trashy and lacking integrity. A life has been lost and a warrant two days prior for the sister has nothing to do with anything.Alyssa as a new reporter please do not sell out your integrity like some many other reporters, really does it matter what happened before, a young man all ready fighting this world with a mental health issue lost his life, that is what matters….

  • Cheryl James

    I have a bi-polar child and we live in Brunswick County. My child is a talented and beautiful, caring person. But life is very stressful and difficult for my child. My child has no insurance and cannot afford Obamacare due to the fact he/she does very well to hold down a part time job and do it well. But he/she cannot handle the added stress of a full time job. He/she does not make enough money for a subsidy. My child tried to get Medicaid but was told he/she was “nowhere near” qualifying for Medicaid. So, the only help my child could get was through the county health department. He/she was given drugs he/she could not afford and received no helpful therapy. He/she went to a private therapist for a while but can no longer afford the $100.00 per visit fee with no insurance. So now what? I feel my child’s condition is getting worse due to lack of care. I have instructed people around my child to make sure they notify me only should he/she have any type of episode that gets out of control. Now I have to fear that he/she could be seriously hurt or worse if the wrong people get involved in his/her care. This county and this nation have little empathy for the plight of the mentally challenged and their families, apparently to the point of just wiping them off the face of the earth. I never thought I’d see such things in my own community and I now have to fear for my beautiful child’s life just because of a physical chemical imbalance in his/her brain. If a child has cancer, the world does everything to save them. If they lack brain chemicals, their life has no meaning. Something is very wrong in this society. God bless Keith’s family.

  • stwth6461

    First, it’s clear all the calls were NOT about this young man, whose mental health disorder was the reason for the call. Second, are we trying to justify murder here or what?

  • augie1988

    Smear the family? For following gov rules on getting mental health help? You have to call the law first. I agree that it just looks better for the family b/c law enforcement already knew the situation the home. What about the deputy? Samanatha Lewis should have lost her job 2 yrs ago when she nearly killed herself street racing another deputy, but no Ingram gave her no concequences. What about the boys
    assigned social worker? Is the director of DSS holding any accountability in this? Maybe the county should kill Ingrams budget. We far greater need the money/funding in those areas more than we need a helicopter, 200 plus cars and now some tank looking truck on steroids. There is no accountability in Brunswick Co.
    Where is the justice for this child and his family?
    Where is the justice for taxpayers who will foot this bill as well?


  • joseph vidal

    he murdered my son!! plain and simple!!! protect and serve NOT execute!! my son was 98 lbs tasered and on the ground!!

  • joseph vidal

    my son was clean!!! and a good kid,he had problems coping with the loss of his 20 year old sister

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