Officer indicted in teen’s shooting death

The Associated Press

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BOLIVIA— A North Carolina police officer has been indicted in the shooting death last month of a teen diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David says Southport Police officer Bryon Vassey has been indicted on a voluntary manslaughter charge.

Vassey turned himself in and was booked around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators say Vassey and two other officers responded to a call in Boiling Spring Lakes involving 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who reportedly had threatened his mother.

Investigators say the other two officers tried to stun Vidal and Vassey then shot the teen.

Vassey had been on administrative leave while the shooting was reviewed by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Vassey’s attorney James Payne says the officer has a good record in law enforcement and the community.