Suicidal Teen Killed by Police

Shot by the officers his parents had called for help


The parents of a 16-year-old suicidal boy spoke only with CBS Atlanta News' Wendy Saltzman after their son was gunned down by a police sniper in Cherokee County in May.

Lisa and Nick Messina said their son was killed at the hands of the officers they called for help.

According to his parents, Andrew Messina had a bad day at school and the pressure was so overwhelming, he grabbed a gun and threatened to kill himself.

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  1. “Would you have ever called the police if you had known this could have happened?” Chief Investigative Reporter Wendy Saltzman asked Lisa Messina.

    “That’s the one thing I would have done different today. I would not have called 911,” she said.

    How many times have we heard this one before? How many more times before people learn?

  2. They don’t realize…stories like this don’t get enough attention and people do not hear about them. And yeah, when they do, they think it’s ultra-rare and unlikely.

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