Golda Barton said her son Lyndon Cameron, who has Asperger syndrome, experienced a “mental breakdown” in the first day. It was the first day at work in nearly a year, and Linden was having trouble coping, she confirmed to CNN in an email.
Barton also confirmed that he called the police and asked the crisis management team to help manage the situation and get his son treated.
When police arrived, Barton said his son had run away. He told KUTV that he heard someone “falling to the ground three times”, then fired several times.
“Why didn’t they hit him? Why didn’t they hit him with a rubber bullet?” Barton told the station. “He’s a small child. Why don’t you just deal with him? You’re a big police officer with massive resources.”
Horrs said the boy ran away and as police pursued, an officer fired his weapon and struck the child. Authorities provided medical aid to the boy until medical personnel arrived, Horracks said. He was then taken to a local hospital according to police.
Linden’s injuries include nerve damage to his shoulder, ankles, intestines, bladder and colon as well, Barton told CNN.
It is unclear whether the boy actually had a weapon, or what was actually threatened that police were asked to answer.
Barton told CNN that his son was unarmed. Detective Greg Wilking, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City Police Department, told CNN on Tuesday that he could not specifically say whether the boy had a weapon or “what the officers’ alleged threats were,” and that those questions To be determined by investigation.
Wilking said, “Mother can say whatever she wants, but this investigation has to be done and this process has to be done.”
The incident is being investigated by a team which according to Wilking was primarily comprised of officers from the West Valley City Police Department. West Valley City is a suburb of Salt Lake City, both of which are part of Salt Lake County.
Once that investigation is completed, the information will be diverted to the district attorney’s office, who will conduct its own investigation. The city also has a civic review board that investigates complaints related to police conduct.
“There are no circumstances, what happened on Friday night is a tragedy and I hope everyone will be involved to carry out this investigation swiftly and transparently.”