13-year-old Linden Cameron, who has Asperger's, lies in the hospital with injuries to his shoulder, both ankles, intestines, and bladder.
The teen from Salt Lake City, Utah loves video games, four-wheelers, longboarding with his older brother, and building things. He is always looking for ways to help people out.
According to his mother, Golda Barton, Linden was having a mental breakdown when she called the police for help. She requested a crisis intervention team (CIT) for Landon who was suffering from severe separation anxiety surrounding her going back to work. Barton alleges she was told that the CIT would 'deescalate the situation using the most minimal force possible' at her home in the Glendale neighborhood.
Golda Barton said in an interview with KUTV she told the officers that Landon needed to be transported to the hospital for treatment. It was the first day Barton had returned to work in almost a year because she can't be away from her son.
"I said, he's unarmed, he doesn't have anything, he just gets mad and he starts yelling and screaming. He's a kid he's trying to get attention, he doesn't know how to regulate."
Within five minutes of the police arrival, shots were fired.
Barton heard "get down on the ground" and several gunshots. Next thing she knew, Lindon was on his way to the hospital, handcuffed.
Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Keith Horrocks told reporters the shooting occurred after 10 pm, and that police were called to the area for a report of a "violent psych issue" involving the juvenile "having a mental episode" and "making threats to some folks with a weapon."
There was no indication over whether a weapon had been found, but police said they were not certain there wasn't one.
SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall's office released the following statement surrounding the events of the shooting:
"While the full details of this incident are yet to be released as an investigation takes place, I will say that I am thankful this young boy is alive and no one else was injured. No matter the circumstances, what happened on Friday night is a tragedy and I expect this investigation to be handled swiftly and transparently for the sake of everyone involved."
Linden's family has created a GoFundMe to raise money for hospital bills, physical therapy, and trauma healing. Linden Cameron's father drove down from Iowa immediately after hearing the news, Barton said. 'He's an amazing father,' she told KUTV.
Barton has also demanded answers about why her son was not subdued.
“Why didn’t they Tase him? Why didn’t they shoot him with a rubber bullet? You are big police officers with massive amounts of resources. Come on. Give me a break.”
According to police policy, the shooting will be investigated by an Officer-Involved Critical Incident protocol team. Police body camera footage is also expected to be released within 10 business days, as required by the Salt Lake City ordinance.