Officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in death of mentally ill NC teenSubmitted by garnet on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 17:16
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. —A North Carolina police detective has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of a mentally ill teenager last month.
Bryon Vassey was indicted by a grand jury Monday in connection with the Jan. 5 death of Keith Vidal, 18. Vassey is a police detective in Southport.
A judge set Vassey's bond at $50,000 secured and ordered him to turn himself in by noon Wednesday.
Vidal, who had schizophrenia, was killed Jan. 5 in Boiling Spring Lakes about 20 miles south of Wilmington. Family members said they called police after Vidal picked up a screwdriver and threatened his mother.