Salt Lake City authorities on Monday released a body camera video showing an officer shooting a 13-year-old boy after his mother called 911 about the teen’s behavior and needing help.
The disturbing video from September 4th shows the teenager running away from the police and refusing to act when an officer orders him to the ground. Just before one of the officers opens fire, another can be heard saying, “Pull out your hands.”
It’s not clear if the teen, whom NBC News doesn’t identify because of his age, was armed. A statement by Salt Lake City Police Department released Monday was blank and the department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The teenager sustained injuries to his bowels, ankles, shoulder and bladder and is staying in a hospital according to an online fundraiser.
“He’s sick,” she said. “He has to go to the hospital.”
It is not clear whether the police sent home were crisis intervention officers who, according to the department, received 40 hours of mental health and policing training. In the statement released Monday, the department said all new officers must attend their crisis intervention academy but did not say whether any of the officers involved in the September 4 shootings had received this training.
None of the officers involved in the shooting have been identified. It was not clear whether they had been taken on administrative leave while investigating the incident, as was the standard protocol with other law enforcement agencies. The department announced that the video and audio will be published transparently.
On the 911 audio, Barton can be heard telling the dispatcher that her father was killed by sheriff deputies in Nevada earlier this year and that her son “doesn’t like cops at all.”
“That’s why we need a psychiatrist,” she said. “It’s super important.”
Efforts to reach Barton on Monday were unsuccessful, but in an interview with NBC subsidiary KSL earlier this month, she described the teen’s mental health issues and said she called 911 after consulting with his psychiatrist.
The video shows Barton telling officers that their son has gotten out of hand and is threatening to break things. When one of the officers asked if the teenager had guns, she replied that he had a BB gun but added that it was not real.
“Unfortunately we have to treat them all as if they were,” said the officer.
The video shows three officers approaching Barton’s house and knocking on the door. They then run to the back yard where the teen is heard to jump over a fence.
The officers chased the teenager, who slowly walks away from them as they order him to the ground. A moment later, one of the officers can be seen shooting multiple times, ordering the teenager to show his hands after he was shot.
“I’m not feeling well,” he replies. “Tell my mother that I love her.”