Salt Lake City Police shoot 13-year-old with autism

U.S. & World

(KSL) — Officials with Utah’s Salt Lake City Police Department aren’t saying much about a police shooting on Friday night involving a 13-year-old boy, but the boy’s family is talking about what happened.

His mother, Golda Barton, said the boy was shot multiple times while he was running from officers.

However, officials with the Salt Lake City Police Department haven’t released those details because it’s part of the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Linden Cameren was at Primary Children’s Hospital while his mother and brother demanded answers.

“I just want to know why they would do such a thing. Like why, why didn’t you do anything else, anything else,” Barton said.

Barton said Linden has autism and was previously diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. On Friday night, he started having an emotional episode while she was at work.

She drove home and said she called 911 and asked for a CIT officer to come help. That’s an officer with specialized training dealing with mental illness.

“I explained to them he’s upset. He’s having an episode he needs to go to the hospital,” said Barton.

Barton said when officers knocked on her door, her son got scared and ran.

She didn’t see what happened next, but said she heard it.

“I heard the guns and the yelling and the guns, and then I sat there in my car for what felt like a long time and I was waiting for someone to walk over to me because I didn’t know what just happened,” said an emotional Barton. “And I was like OK, um, OK … they just unloaded a whole clip in my son, and probably he’s dead because he’s so small.”

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