CNA Staff, Sep 10, 2020 / 10:26 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City said it is praying for Linden Cameron, a 13-year-old boy who was seriously injured and hospitalized after he was shot by a police officer Friday night.
“We offer our prayers for Linden Cameron and his family. Whatever the results of the ongoing investigations, we are heartbroken to see a child caught in our culture of gun violence,” the Salt Lake City diocese said in a statement Wednesday.
Cameron has Asperger syndrome, also called autism spectrum disorder, and had a mental health crisis on Friday, Sept. 4, according to his mother, Golda Barton. Barton called 911 on Friday, hoping that emergency personnel could help stabilize her son and take him to a hospital.
But a Salt Lake City Police Officer shot Cameron, reportedly multiple times, after he ran from officers. Police said they had received reports that Cameron had been “making threats to some folks with a weapon.”
But Barton says her son was unarmed, that she had told police he would be unarmed, and police did not find a weapon at the scene of the shooting.