Bryon Vassey of the Southport Police Department has been indicated by a grand jury on one count of voluntary manslaughter.
“After I reviewed the case I found that a crime almost certainly did take place,” District Attorney Jon David told reporters Tuesday, “It was a ‘bad shot…’”
Vassey told the media through his attorney that he shot the teen because he feared for the life of another officer.
Keith Vidal, 18, was shot and killed January 5th at his family’s home in Boiling Springs Lakes, North Carolina. Three law enforcement officers from three separate agencies responded to a 911 call from the family asking for help getting the schizophrenic teen calmed down. Vidal had been using a screwdriver to demand his mother to fight him. Family members, who witnessed the event, said that the first two officers calmed Vidal down, but things quickly spiraled out of control when Vassey arrived on the scene. Within a few minutes of Vassey’s arrival, Vidal was dead. No one else was injured.