Southport officer suspended after shooting - WNCN: News, Weather

Southport officer suspended after shooting

Posted: Updated:
SOUTHPORT, N.C. - A Southport police detective has been suspended without pay after being indicted in the shooting death of a teen last month.
    
Bryon Vassey previously had been on paid leave while the Jan. 5 shooting of 18-year-old Keith Vidal was investigated.
    
Vassey was the third officer to respond to a mental health call in Boiling Spring Lakes. Investigators say Vassey shot Vidal less than two minutes after the officer arrived.
    
A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Vassey earlier this month on a charge of voluntary manslaughter.
    
Vassey's lawyer, James Payne, said his client fired to protect Boiling Spring Lake officer John Thomas, who was scuffling with the teen on the floor when the detective arrived. Payne said the teen swung a hand tool at Thomas' head.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

    Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:34:29 GMT
    Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the lost Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned soon to bring...
    Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the...
  • Is Amazon coming out with a phone?

    Is Amazon coming out with a phone?

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:27:23 GMT
    After more than two years of hints and leaks, the long-awaited Amazon phone appears to be almost ready for its debut.
    After more than two years of hints and leaks, the long-awaited Amazon phone appears to be almost ready for its debut.
  • Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

    Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:14:35 GMT
    For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves.
    Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after...
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.