Family says Hendricks County man shot by deputy had schizophrenia, says he wanted help

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind.-  Two days after a Hendricks County man was shot and killed by a reserve sheriff’s deputy, that man’s father says the situation should have been handled differently. Bradley King died after being shot once by that deputy, after he called 911 during a mental health episode.

“He loved everyone, everything, always just wanted to have fun,” said Bradley’s father Matthew King, who remembers his 29-year-old son as the type who everybody liked--a nice person, who also suffered from schizophrenia.

“What played out on Tuesday was something I feared from the very moment he was diagnosed,” said King.

Bradley was shot and killed Tuesday at his father’s home in Avon, after his father says he called 911 during a mental health episode.

“Absolutely he called for help and was wanting help,” said King. “He wasn’t suicidal, he wasn’t aggressive, he’s never been aggressive.”

Investigators say deputies came to the house twice and got no answer. Returning a third time, authorities say the deputies encountered Bradley outside holding a knife. According to the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office, Bradley was shot one time after refusing orders to drop the knife and “advancing rapidly” at the responding deputies. King says the deputy who shot his son had other options, including the Taser which authorities have confirmed he was carrying.

“Non-lethal force should be their first option, especially when they had all that non-lethal force,” said King.

The investigation into the shooting is still underway. Meanwhile, the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement.

The deputy involved was a volunteer, reserve officer who had at least 40 hours of training including the state-mandated mental health training. During the incident authorities say he was armed with a firearm and Taser. That deputy is still off duty, and none of his personal information will be released until the internal investigation wraps up.

Kiung says Bradely had called 911 like this twice before. He says each of those times, Hendricks County deputies responded and got Bradley help. This time, he wishes things had turned out like they had in the past.

“I understand their plight, I understand they’re in deadly situations every day,” said Matthew, “when they pull someone over, when they have to come to a house…Ii fully understand the situations they’re put in and why they’re already on edge, but that doesn’t change the fact they reacted way wrong.”

The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office has not indicated how long their internal investigation will take to complete.