Utah Police Release Body Cam Footage of Shooting of 13-Year-Old Boy With Autism

A 13-year-old boy with autism told police to tell his mother he loved her after officers shot him, newly released body camera footage shows.

Videos released by the Salt Lake City Police Department on Monday show several officers chased the boy after they responded to his home in the Glendale neighborhood on September 4 following his mother calling 911 to get him mental health treatment.

"Hey, police! Stop running!" One officer shouts after the boy, whose family want identified only as Linden, ran through a backyard and scaled a fence.

One officer eventually breaks through a wooden fence, while others pursue the boy from other directions.

Officers are then seen running after the boy down an alley, repeatedly yelling for him to stop and get down.

The boy stops running and is again ordered to get on the ground. "Get on the ground!" One officer yells just before a series of gunshots ring out and the boy collapses to the ground.

"I don't feel good," he is heard moaning as officers yell for him to show them his hands. "Tell my mom I love her," he adds.

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The newly released videos do not appear to show Linden holding a weapon and the Salt Lake City Police Department don't mention any in a statement released on Monday.

After the shooting, "officers approached the male, handcuffed him, and began rendering medical aid," the statement said.

"In order to protect the privacy interests of the juvenile the videos being released are stopped prior to aid being rendered. The officers continued rendering aid until medical professionals arrived and took over. The male was transported to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries."

Linden survived the shooting, but the family's attorney Zach Weyher has said he was "was lucky to be alive" because the shooting pierced organs and shattered bones. Weyher has been contacted for additional comment.

The boy's mother, Golda Barton, has said in interviews that she told police her son, who has Asperger's syndrome, didn't know how to regulate his behavior.

On the body camera footage, she is seen warning the officers that police were a "trigger" for her son and he would likely run.

"He sees the badge and he automatically thinks you are going to kill him or he has to defend himself in some way," she said. "He freaks out."

She also said Linden had what she thought may have been a BB gun or pellet gun and that earlier that day, he had threatened to shoot her male coworker. "I don't believe it's a real gun," she is seen telling the officers in one video.

But one officer tells her that they would have to act as though the boy did have access to a real gun, according to the videos.

Barton told the officers she needed help getting her son to a hospital for his mental health issues shortly before the shooting. "We need him to go to the hospital. I need him to go to the hospital. I cannot get him there on my own," she says.

In 911 calls that were also released on Monday, Barton told dispatchers that her son was having a breakdown and she needed help from a crisis intervention team.

She can be heard saying her son had threatened to shoot her coworker and break the windows at her home. But she said she did not believe her son had a gun.

When asked if Linden was armed or had access to guns, Barton said she didn't believe so, but added that he might have a prop weapon or BB gun.

She also said she had called police on her son before and that he had previously fled from officers.

Barton also informed officers that her son did not like police, partly because of the shooting of a family member by sheriff's deputies in Lyon County.

"He does not like cops at all, that's why we need a mental health worker. It's super important," she said.

"My biggest fear is that, I don't know I just don't want him to die and I tell him that every time," she later added. "But the times they've came he has been gone, like he'll take off and go running. That's why I don't want to go there and have him.... I just don't want to alarm him."

Before the shooting, officers at the scene were heard discussing whether or not to approach the boy because it could lead to a shooting.

"We can call sergeant and tell him the situation cause I'm not about to get in a shooting," a female officer is heard saying. "Especially when he hates cops, it's probably gonna end in a shooting," another officer replied.

Erin Mendenhall, the mayor of Salt Lake City, called for a quick but thorough investigation about what happened in a statement on Monday.

Mendenhall said that as the mother of a 14-year-old boy herself, she was "profoundly heartbroken and frustrated" by the shooting.

"This shooting is another tragedy—a tragedy for this young boy, for his mother, for families and individuals who have acute mental health needs, and for our community, who may look at this situation and see themselves or a loved one reflected in it," she said.

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The Salt Lake City Police Department released body camera footage showing the shooting of a 13-year-old boy with autism. Salt Lake City Police Department