North Carolina Teen Shot and Killed by Cop While Two Other Cops Had Already-Tased Teen Pinned

Yet another reason why you should really try your absolutely hardest to settle any non-clearly-life-threatening issues with your family or friends without calling the cops.

The Bearing Arms site has a good compliation of various news reports on how a North Carolina police officer shot and killed teenage Keith Vidal, said to be suffering from schizophrenia, after Vidal had already been tased and was pinned down by two other cops.

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Vidal's original crime? Refusing to put down a screwdriver.

Some excerpts:

[Mark] Wilsey said his family called the police to help with his schizophrenic son Keith Vidal who had a small screwdriver in his hand. Officers used at Taser on Vidal and then shot him, according to Wilsey....

Wilsey said officers had his son down on the ground after the teen was tased a few times and an officer said, “we don’t have time for this.” That’s when Wilsey says the officer shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing his son.

Then there was this story submitted by a family friend on CNN’s iReport:

".....Two Officers responded to the scene and started negotiating with Vidal. After about 10 mins the situation started defusing itself with Vidal becoming more rational. At that very moment an Officer From another Town Entered the residence and instructed the officers to stop talking and tase Vidal. As Vidal tried to flee into the bathroom adjacent to where he was standing the two officers simultaneously shot him with their tasers. As Vidal Collapsed backwards on to the floor the two officers jumped on top of the 5ft 3 100 lb Vidal to restrain him.. As Vidal’s Father tried to step in and grab the screw driver The Southport Police Officer that had instructed the other officers to use their tasers, moved between the father and the pile of people on the floor and said ” We don’t have time for this” And shot Vidal Once in the chest as the other two Officers held him on the floor. Vidal’s father then grabbed the officer as he was lining himself up for another shot."

Local district attorneys' office is investigating the incident.

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  • Andrew S.||

    I just got back from the future. Would anyone like to guess the conclusion the investigators came to?

  • RightNut||

    There is no greater threat.

  • ||

    Goddammit, did you kill Hitler again?

  • Andrew S.||

    No. Everyone knows time travelers aren't allowed to kill Hitler.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Every time he is killed him, he just comes back stronger. Like Ob1 except actually stronger and more effectual.

  • Brett L||

    Everyone kills Hitler the first time.

  • Zeb||

    I don't know. This one seems egregious enough that the cop will face some charge (probably manslaughter or some bullshit instead of the 1st degree murder it should be, granted). It does occasionally happen.

  • SugarFree||

    Kid was "armed" and "crazy." Good shoot guaranteed.

    If he gets punished for anything it will be shooting between his accessories to murder.

  • Surly Chef||

    I want a Copbusters show. It's like Mythbusters but, tests cop rationalizations for the use force. I'm interested to see the deadly bite force of puppies.

  • SugarFree||

    That's be a lot of fun. I'd love someone to show how the handcuffed kids in the back of cop cars keep managing to shoot themselves in the head with guns that weren't there when they were patted down.

  • JW||

    Look, just because you don't understand how rectum-guns can randomly discharge and then vanish without a trace, doesn't mean you get to go around questioning the official story.

  • SugarFree||

    I just want some of those bullets that can loop around. Like in that movie, Married to the Mob.

  • Surly Chef||

    With the weird shit on the internet, I'm positive you could hunt down someone with the ability to fit a gun in their ass. Pull it out, shoot themselves and then hide it after they are dead; not so much.

  • Enough About Palin||

  • Cliché Bandit||

    WILL NOT CLICK!

  • RBS||

    If I was a NC citizen and walked up to someone being held down by two larger people and murdered him I'd probably get the death penalty or maybe LWOP but the sheer callousness of "we don't have time for this" would probably get me on death row.

  • ||

    we don't have time for this

    This makes me think something else is going on here.

    What the fuck was he late for? Coffee and Donuts?

    I am thinking that cop may be a little crazy and he was having an episode also.

  • hutch1200||

    "we don't have time for this"
    Perhaps Prison or the Chair has time for him. By the time Bubba is finished w/having BYRON VASSEY for a b!tch, he'll be able to keister a truck!

  • anon||

    Would anyone like to guess the conclusion the investigators came to?

    Investigation concluded procedures were followed, officer awarded a commendation or other merit badge.

  • CatoTheElder||

    He only gets his commendation after his paid vacation.

    Serious question: do cops notch their guns when they score a kill?

  • John Thacker||

    Well, in Charlotte they did charge officer Randall Kerrick for shooting that football player, so who knows, maybe they'll do the right thing here.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Officer from a another town gets disciplined for endangering the two other officers with his shooting?

  • Aresen||

    Unless someone can produce a video, the conclusion will be "appropriate procedures were followed".

  • John Thacker||

    So far they've got that the first two groups of cops go there 14 minutes before the Southport guy, and they had already radioed back to their dispatchers multiple times saying that the situation was under control.

    Then jackass from Southport gets there, and, boom, seventy seconds later fires his gun, killing the teen, "to defend himself."

    Details from a local station here.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    wow

  • dinkster||

    "According to Chief Dove, Detective Byron Vassey was placed on leave in connection to his involvement in the shooting, though Dove would not confirm if Vassey was the one who pulled the trigger."

    Hey maybe Vassey did pull the trigger, but remember, it was the gun that discharged the bullet.

  • ||

    nonono

    Gotta get the verb tenses correct.

    A bullet was discharged. A suspect was struck by the bullet.

  • Snark Plissken||

    As Vidal Collapsed backwards on to the floor the two officers jumped on top of the 5ft 3 100 lb Vidal to restrain him

    Sure, doesn't sound like much against three grown men who are supposedly trained to deal with these sorts of situations, but the kid had retard strength. Schizophrenics have that superpower also, right?

  • RBS||

    Clearly they just need more training.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    And bachelors degrees. That'll do it.

  • dinkster||

    GMO super powers, mixed with all those adhd pills. Its like super pcp.

  • wareagle||

    one more reason why when dealing with a domestic issue, the cops are the last folks to call. Not long ago, there was a story outside of Atlanta of a kid threatening suicide. Parents called cops and the SWAT team took care of the kid's threat for him.

  • Rasilio||

    Maybe they were Catholic cops and just protecting him from commiting the mortal sin of Suicide?

    I mean this way he gets what he wants and still gets to go to heaven right?

  • Griffin3||

    ”We don’t have time for this”

    Ain't nobody got time for that.

  • Hyperion||

    Maybe the local donut shop was about to close.

  • Surly Chef||

    He wanted his paid vacation NOW!

  • Griffin3||

    No, really. If I can just collect a few mealy-mouthed justifications from the local PD on news video, I'm just an autotune away from the big-time, bay-bee!

  • Paul.||

    And nothing else happened?

  • JW||

    At that very moment an Officer From another Town Entered the residence

    Oh a horse with no name?

    Tar, pitchforks and torches need to come back into vogue. You know what, screw that, that cop deserves the same casual justice he dispensed.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    Isn't it sad that they'll use my full name and address when I'm "alleged" to have exposed myself at the Miss Teen contest - but this monster gets to be "an Officer From another Town".

    There is no justice.

  • Brett L||

    In Sweden, as long as you weren't looking at any one in particular while, uh, exposing yourself, its all good.

  • hutch1200||

    Same thing happened to me when I "Had the Liver" at the Market.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/n.....03511.html

  • John Thacker||

    The officer's name is Detective Bryon Vassey. He's on administrative leave now; paid, of course.

  • Adam330||

    "Vidal’s father then grabbed the officer as he was lining himself up for another shot."

    Sounds like assault on an officer to me. Book him.

  • Zeb||

    I was expecting the next line to be "then bashed his face against the wall".

  • Outlaw||

    "Good" cops go along with whatever the bad ones want to do.

    If I had been one of those officers holding the kid down I would've shot that trigger happy fucker in the face for recklessly shooting a gun inches from me and murdering a child.

  • Zeb||

    Yeah, that the other two cops didn't immediately disarm and arrest the shooter tells me that they are not good ones either. How is this not obviously just plain murder (assuming what I've read here is reasonably accurate and complete)?

  • ||

    Big assumption, especially if any attorneys are involved.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    That’s when Wilsey says the officer shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing his son.

    The truly surprising thing is the shooter has not yet been found dead in a dumpster, because if somebody shot some person WHILE I WAS IN PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH HIM, I cannot think of any other appropriate response.

  • Zeb||

    I'd really like to know what the other cops said or did after he shot.

  • Jordan||

    Hopefully the boy's father wastes this piece of shit. I would be sorely tempted.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Would anyone like to guess the conclusion the investigators came to?

    Justice was served?

  • RBS||

    As Vidal’s Father tried to step in and grab the screw driver The Southport Police Officer that had instructed the other officers to use their tasers, moved between the father and the pile of people on the floor and said ” We don’t have time for this” And shot Vidal Once in the chest as the other two Officers held him on the floor.

    Otherwise known as murder.

  • SugarFree||

    The only person that can judge this brave officer is the one who pulled the trigger.

    /derphy

  • RightNut||

    Is he even still around?

  • SugarFree||

    He parasailed off into the sunset, bench-pressing Morgan Fairchild while writing a best-selling novel about his time in the Olympics.

  • Enough About Palin||

    I heard he's randomly checking rectums for guns.

  • Brett L||

    He was on disability, but now he's too busy powerlifting again.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    RESISTANCE IS FATAL

  • anon||

    As Vidal Collapsed backwards on to the floor the two officers jumped on top of the 5ft 3100 lb Vidal to restrain him..

    5ft 3100 lbs!? Fuck, I'd have shot first!

    /sic

  • anon||

    Really though, if 3 cops can't handle a 100 pound kid without murdering him, what the fuck has the world come to?

  • ||

    That’s when Wilsey says the officer shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing his son.

    I'm sure that's not correct. What really happened is Officer From Another Town's gun discharged, killing his son.

  • Monkey's Uncle||

    99% of cops give the 1% a bad name.

    - true dat

  • Raston Bot||

    Officer a-hole from another town is a murderer.

  • SuperNaut||

    "We don't have time for this."

    Oh okay, I know how important it can be to stay on schedule. Carry on...

  • What's that smell?||

    "we don't have time for this" should be applied to this dicks trial.

    Just ass rape him, mouth rape him and feed him to AIDS infected hogs.

  • ||

    Vidal’s father then grabbed the officer as he was lining himself up for another shot.

    If the good citizens of North Carolina have any respect for their heroes in blue, they'll make sure this father goes away for all day for interfering with a police officer in the performance of his duties.

  • RishJoMo||

    Punk cops, I say off with their heads!

    www.GetzDatAnon.tk

  • Tom Wolff||

    Missing cop ... Fat happy hogs. No connection there.

  • livinhinnc||

    Stand your ground, the officer felt threatened.

  • hutch1200||

    71 Seconds after arriving on scene BYRON VASSEY radio'd dispatch that he fired because "he feared for the other officers lives".
    So his 1st instinct was to LIE! Now, as in most departments, he has 48 hours to get his story straight, and show up at a review w/a PBA lawyer. Us civilians get dragged in and sweated for 14 hours.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. I'm fucking exhausted.

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