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Brunswick County officer indicted in killing of teenager

Posted February 3, 2014

— A Brunswick County grand jury indicted a Boiling Springs Lakes police officer Monday night in the January shooting death of a teenager.

Officer Bryon Vassey was indicted for voluntary manslaughter in the killing of 18-year-old Keith Vidal.

Authorities responded to Vidal's home on January 5 after his parents called police, saying the teenager was suffering from a schizophrenic episode and was carrying a screwdriver in his hand.

Vidal's family said officers used a Taser on him before he was shot.

Two other officers involved, Boiling Springs Lakes Officer John Thomas and Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Deputy Samantha Lewis, were cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

Vassey has until noon Wednesday to turn himself in and will have a $50,000 bond, according to a statement from the district attorney's office representing Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.


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  • torchhappysean Feb 4, 2014

    If what has been said in the previous stories about this is true then this person is guilty beyond any doubt. The first story states that the teen that was shot was on the ground and being held by 2 officers. Given the teen's size the officer that shot him had no justification to do so...

  • LastSon1981 Feb 4, 2014

    View quoted thread

    I like to put people who make comments like that into the people who get their info on the law from cop shows.

  • stymieindurham Feb 4, 2014

    He killed someone, so is a danger tot he community.

    You obviously "DON'T HAVE A CLUE". The guy is not a murderer. There's more to this story than your judgmental attitude. He was probably carried to the Grand Jury because there wasn't any criminal evidence. Remember the saying, "you can even get a ham sandwich indicted before a grand jury"? It's just a process to bring about a trial. So, CALM DOWN and don't try to create your own story.

  • kbird Feb 4, 2014

    I don't care how long it took them to indict him, he should have been. The teen was mentally ill & holding a screwdriver not a gun. Once again , why shoot to kill? Why not shoot to disable? There is too much of this going on & I, for one, don't want to hear anymore excuses!

  • Billy the Kid Feb 4, 2014

    Sounds like the family called 911 a little too soon.

  • cetingen2 Feb 4, 2014

    52 seconds is all the grand jury spent indicting over 250 cases that day. Seems like they gave considerable thought to all the cases brought before them. Perhaps the DA in Brunswick county should have his name on one of those indictments

  • Brian Jenkins Feb 4, 2014

    Put this cop beside the cops that broke the mentally disabled kids arm, "because he would not respond to demands".

  • Jump1 Feb 4, 2014

    I agree, why wait?

  • A person Feb 4, 2014

    Why does he have until Wednesday to turn himself in?? He killed someone, so is a danger tot he community. He should be picked up immediately just like anyone else would be