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    6 May 2016

    Cop who yelled "we don't have time for this" before shooting a mentally ill teen is found not guilty

    Former Southport police sergeant Bryon Vassey was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
    Judge Richard Brown announced his verdict Friday morning.
    Vassey had been charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal.
    "This has been an extremely tragic and emotional case," Judge Brown said before announcing the verdict.
    Mark Wilsey, Vidal's step father, spoke out following the verdict.
    "The bad part about this is my son's in a box, but a murderer is getting away with murder [Friday]," Wilsey said. 
    Friday marked the 14th day of the trial.
    The defense argued that officer John Thomas was unable to defend himself while in a tussle with Vidal, and that is what warranted Vassey stepping in with deadly force.
    Vidal, who struggled with schizophrenia, had a screwdriver in his hand when he was shot by Vassey.

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