An unarmed behavioural therapist has been shot by police while tending to an autistic patient who had run away from a group home in North Miami, Florida.
Charles Kinsey, 47, was reportedly attempting to calm his 23-year-old patient – whom someone had called 911 about prior to the shooting – when the incident took place on Wednesday evening.
Yesterday, Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon, released footage of the encounter – which shows the victim with his hands raised in the air, pleading to a North Miami officer not to shoot him. Continue over the page for further details.
Despite Kinsey’s pleas to police, he was shot in the leg with an assault rifle. Speaking to WSVN-Channel 7, he said:
“I thought it was a mosquito bite, and when it hit me I had my hands in the air, and I’m thinking I just got shot. And I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me were, ‘I don’t know.’”
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North Miami law enforcement have claimed that they were called to the scene after receiving reports that a man carrying a weapon was threatening to shoot himself. A statement from the police department reads:
“Arriving officers attempted to negotiate with two men on the scene, one of whom was later identified as suffering from autism. At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers discharged his weapon, striking the employee.”
Thankfully, Kinsey was not fatally wounded and is recovering in hospital. His attorney has stated that the incident “doesn’t make sense”. Kinsey is expected to be released in the next few days. We wish him a speedy recovery.