KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — A mother is asking for answers after her son was shot dead by police earlier this week aged 52 and Olive.
Investigators say Kansas City police officers shot 36-year-old Shawn Wilson after he appeared with a knife and started walking toward police.
Wilson’s mother, Helen Wilson, said she was home when her son was shot dead.
She said that the first two policemen who came to her house were very professional and she welcomed them into her home.
Police were initially called to investigate a domestic disturbance involving a child.
Wilson said she told police her son had mental health issues.
Relatives said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Helen Wilson said that officers informed her that they would be calling Crisis Intervention Team staff.
CIT officers are trained to help improve interactions between police and community members with mental illness.
She said that police officers took Shawn Wilson out on the porch.
According to a spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the shooting, Wilson was shot as he was approaching police with a knife.
Wilson was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“He’s mentally ill and I know it,” she said. “I struggled and struggled when he helped me. I was happy when they said they would help him.”
Wilson’s family members and Blue Hills Neighborhood Association President said they were talking to an attorney and wanted to see camera footage of the shooting.
A spokesperson for the police department said it could not comment on an open investigation.