The authorities said the officer shot the boy while responding to a call about a “violent psych issue.”
A 13-year-old boy was seriously injured after being shot by a police officer in Salt Lake City, according to his mother.
Mother, Golda Barton said that her son Linden Cameron had a “mental breakdown” earlier in the day.
She also confirmed she called the police and asked for a crisis intervention team to help her manage the situation and get her son’s treatment.
Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Keith Horrocks said in a news conference on Saturday that officers had been called to the area because a boy was having a “psychological episode and had made threats to some folks with the weapon.”
The boy fled and as police chased after him, one officer fired their weapon and struck the child, Horrocks said. He was then taken to a local hospital, according to police.