Officer Shoots and Kills Teen With Schizophrenia: “We don’t have time for this”

Lily Dane

A Northern Carolina family is grieving the death of their 18-year-old son after he was shot and killed by law enforcement.

Mark Wilsey called 911 for cops assistance with his son Keith, who was having a schizophrenic incident and threatened his mom with a little screw driver.

“We don’t have time for this” Officer Shoots and Kills Teen With Schizophrenia

Wilsey said two police officers showed up and were able to subdue Keith, but the arrival of a third officer caused the teen to become agitated, and the officers used a Taser on him.

Wilsey told WECT that 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.”

That’s when Wilsey says one of the officers stepped between the two who were holding Keith down and fired, killing his son:

“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.”

Both parents said they had to watch their son die in front of them. They said Keith had just turned 18 years old and only weighed about 90 pounds.

Keith’s mother said she could not understand what happened:

“Where is the justice, why did they shoot my son?,” she asked. “This is what’s wrong with our mental health system.”

Keith’s parents said the screwdriver was tiny and the teen wouldn’t have hurt anyone. Neighbors said Keith played with their children and he never was violent. He had a history of depression and schizophrenia, but he was never harmful to others.

His mother said she tried multiple times to get Keith help for his mental illness. Emergency services treated her for a breakdown at the scene.

At least one detective from the Southport Police Department is on paid administrative leave for his involvement in the incident.

This is just another tragic example of a call for help from the people who are supposed to “serve and protect” turning deadly.

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3 Responses

  1. 5 War Veteran says:

    Not exactly fair Archie. They were calling for assistance not for the police. 911 handles both police and EMS services.
    Do not label all police in such a manner. Here where I live our PD are all well trained men with a strong system of checks and balances. Even rude cops are discharged. Every day they are reminded they are to “Protect and Serve”. Our Police are accredited and have a rigorous set of testing and qualifications every year.
    I should know because two “officers” one a detective have been fired because of reports that I have made and one of them showed her ass in front of the police Chief’s secretary. I reported the other for falsifying reports and proved it.
    So not all police are bad cops. Some are, some suffer from ego and others suffer from “bad days”. We are, after all human.
    Now with that said the officer who killed the boy above will see justice because this event will not fade away so easily.
    Murder is still murder. There is no excuse here. Luckily it did not happen in Texas where the majority of the police are criminal as we witness almost every day anymore.

    • Archie1954 says:

      I’ll believe you when I see the so called good cops give salient details of the bad cops activities in such cases instead of the normal silence and refusal to assist in investigating such blue clothed fiends.

  2. Archie1954 says:

    What totally stupid parents crying and blaming others for their complicity in their son’s death. There are countless stories and articles about police murders of troubled youths. Why would these fools call the police? By that call they ensured their son would end up in the morgue. Read my lips, the police are death dealers, they are the ghouls that come in the night to steal your very lives from your bodies, they are brutal, sociopathic monsters. You only call them when you are about to die anyway so the risk is minimized since you probably won’t be alive after the call anyway, then and only then do you call the psychopathic enforcers and in no other circumstance.

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