NORTH MIAMI, FL (WSVN/CNN) - A Florida mental health professional who was trying to get an upset autistic patient to return to a group home was shot by police this week.
Video shows Charles Kinsey lying in the middle of the road with his hands in the air.
North Miami police have rifles pointed at him.
He tries to tell them he’s a therapist trying to help a confused autistic man who ran away from a group home.
“All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home,” Kinsey can be heard saying.
Kinsey recalls the moments before he got shot.
“When I went to the ground, I went to the ground with my hands up. And I am laying there, just like this, telling them again, there is no need for firearms. He is autistic. He has a toy truck in his hand,” Kinsey said.
In the video, Kinsey pleads with officers to back down, and also tries to calm down his patient, telling him to be still and lie on his stomach.
The incident goes on for minutes.
And then - Kinsey says out of nowhere - a North Miami police officer shoots him.
“When he shot me, it was so surprising,” Kinsey said. “I thought it was a mosquito bite. And when it hit me I had my hands in the air, and I’m thinking, I just got shot. And I’m saying, ‘Why did you shoot me?’ And his words to me were, ‘I don’t know.’”
North Miami police said it all started when someone called 911 and said there was a man walking around with a gun threatening suicide Monday.
But Kinsey said the “gun” was a toy truck, and the man was the autistic patient.
“I was really more worried about him than I was myself, thinking, as long as I have my hands up, they aren’t going to shoot me. Wow, was I wrong,” Kinsey said.
But he said what police did after he was shot is what upsets him the most.
“They got three sets of handcuffs. They cuff my hand, and they flip me over and I am laying on the concrete like this, and I am bleeding.,” he said.
Kinsey said he just wants to know why the officers fired.
His wife, Joyce Kinsey, is relieved that he survived.
“Right now, I am just grateful that he is alive and he is telling his story and it didn’t go the opposite way,” she said.
Charles Kinsey said every time he closes his eyes, he gets flashbacks of the incident.
Police have not said why the officer shot Kinsey.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, as is department policy.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office is assisting in the investigation.
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