A 13-year-old boy in Glendale, Utah, was shot several times by police officers after his mother called 911 for help with his mental health crisis.
Linden Cameron, who has Asperger’s, a form of autism, is now in a serious condition in hospital, his mother said.
Golda Barton said she had believed police attending on Friday night would use “the most minimal force possible”.
Salt Lake City Police Sgt Keith Horrocks told reporters that the incident was now being investigated.
Speaking to local CBS-affiliate KUTV, Ms Barton said she told the 911 operator that her son needed to be taken to hospital for treatment.
He was experiencing a crisis because it was her first day back at work in almost a year and “he has bad separation anxiety”, she said.
“I said, he’s unarmed, he doesn’t have anything, he just gets mad and he starts yelling and screaming,” Ms Barton said. “He’s a kid, he’s trying to get attention, he doesn’t know how to regulate.”