The teenager, identified as Linden Cameron by his mother Golda Barton, remains hospitalized following the shooting almost two weeks ago.
An independent police investigation is underway, and Salt Lake City Police have said they expect further investigations from the district attorney’s office and a civilian review committee.
Barton told CNN that his son has Asperger’s syndrome and is unable to control himself. She called the police on the day of the shooting to ask for help from her son who was suffering from “mental breakdown”.
The mother tells officers her son has law enforcement related triggers and has access to a BB pistol or accessory weapon, but she doesn’t think he has a real pistol.
The officers replied that they should treat the situation as if he possibly had a gun.
During a recording, an officer can be heard expressing concern about trying to apprehend the boy.
“If no one is in the house, no one is in danger … but he doesn’t hurt himself, I’m sorry, I’m not about to shoot,” the officer said.
Videos show officers approach the house and then begin to chase the boy, at one point, through a wooden fence. Cameron is seen walking slowly while ignoring requests to get to the ground.
An officer opens fire and eleven shots can be heard on the tapes. Cameron rolls on the floor, saying, ‘I’m not feeling well,’ then, ‘Tell my mom I love her.
Barton told CNN earlier this month that the boy’s injuries included damage to his shoulder, ankles, intestines, bladder and colon.
City officials call the shooting tragic
The Salt Lake City Police Department declined to comment on Barton’s claim that Cameron was unarmed. No weapons are visible in the body camera footage, although the video is poorly lit and Cameron was wearing dark clothing.
“I am very saddened by this tragic situation,” Chief Mike Brown said at a press conference Monday. “As a father of three young sons, this had a big impact on me personally,” Brown said. He gave no details about the investigation.
Mayor Erin Mendenhall echoed the Chief’s sentiments, saying: “As a member of this community and as the mother of a 14 year old boy, I am deeply heartbroken and frustrated. “