Southport Police Detective Byron Vassey has been tentatively identified as the police officer who allegedly declared, “we don’t have time for this,” before shooting to death an already tased and restrained schizophrenic high school student Keith Vidal in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, near Wilmington.
A detective from the Southport Police Department is on paid administrative leave after an officer involved shooting that happened at a home in Boiling Spring Lakes Sunday afternoon.
According to Chief Dove, Detective Byron Vassey was placed on leave in connection to his involvement in the shooting, though Dove would not confirm if Vassey was the one who pulled the trigger.
Vassey has been employed at the Southport Police Department since December 2004. This is the first time he’s been placed on administrative leave.
According to the report, the first unit on scene was a Boiling Spring Lakes officer who arrived at 12:34 p.m. He was joined shortly after by two additional BSL officers and a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The first unit on scene reported a confrontation in the hallway, but told Brunswick County Dispatchers several times that everything was OK.
Unit 104 from Southport arrived on the scene at 12:48:41, fourteen minutes after the first officer had already been on scene.
Seventy seconds later, Unit 104 radioed out that he had to fire shots at the subject in order to defend himself.
The event report mirrors what family members told the media.
Vassey is presumably “Unit 104” as he was the only Southport officer who responded, and “Unit 104” reported shooting Vidal in alleged self defense just 70 seconds after arriving.