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Police Shoot And Kill Young Man Armed Only With A Small Screwdriver

Published: January 6, 2014
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Source: WECT

Emergency crews responded to the scene of an officer involved shooting at a home in Boiling Spring Lakes Sunday afternoon.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called to the incident at the request of District Attorney Jon David, according to a spokesperson for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office. She said sheriff's deputies were assisting BSL police with the initial response to a home on President Drive.


At the scene, Mark Wilsey said officers shot his son.

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

Wilsey said officers came into their home after they called for backup help when Vidal was having a schizophrenic incident.  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," and shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing Vidal.

"There was no reason to shoot this kid," Wilsey said. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help and they killed my son."

The family said police shot Vidal because he had a screwdriver in his hand. They said it was a tiny screwdriver that would not have hurt anyone. 

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