Brother: Va. Man Killed by Police had Schizophrenia

May 4, 2010

The brother of a man killed by a Martinsville police officer says his sibling had schizophrenia.

David Minter says he isn't trying to blame anyone for his brother's death. He says he hopes police and others who work in the community can receive training on how to handle people who have schizophrenia and similar conditions.

Police say an officer fatally shot Minter's 61-year-old brother, Donald, on April 29 after he threatened another officer with a knife. The shooting followed a chase that began when Donald Minter threatened a supermarket clerk.

David Minter says his brother stopped taking his medicine because of side effects. He says he hopes a treatment eventually will be found that isn't as harsh.


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