Family of slain teen trusts judicial system to find truth

The Associated Press

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BOILING SPRINGS LAKES — The family of a teenager who was shot and killed after three police officers responded to a call says it has faith that the judicial system will determine the facts.

A statement issued by the family of 18-year-old Keith Vidal said it believes the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office will investigate and evaluate the case and reveal the true facts.

On Sunday, Vidal’s family told police he picked up a screwdriver and threatened his mother at their Boiling Springs Lakes home.

Mark Wilsey Sr. says officers initially calmed his son, who suffers from schizophrenia. But Wilsey says when a third officer arrived, his son became agitated. Wilsey says officers used a stun gun on Vidal before he was shot.

Southport police officer Byron Vassey is on administrative leave.