Harrowing moment police shoot autistic boy 11 times after mum calls for help

Bodycam footage shows the moment police in the United States shot a 13-year-old boy 11 times after his mum told the emergency services he was having a "mental breakdown".

Linden Cameron, who has Asperger's syndrome, survived the shooting but suffered serious injuries including damage to his bladder and intestines and is still in hospital two weeks after the incident in Utah, on September 4.

The boy said, "I don't feel good," and, "Tell my mum I love her," as he dropped to the ground during the chaotic recording in Glendale, Utah, US.

In bodycam footage released on Monday, September 21, a police officer is running down a dark path when the youth comes into view.

"Stop. Knock it off. Get on the ground!" the officer yells.

The lad turns around and runs, followed by the sprinting police officers who are carrying flashlights.

When the police officer with the bodycam catches up, the other officers are yelling at the kid outside in a residential area.

Several gunshots erupt and the boy curls up on the floor.

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"I don't feel good, I don't feel good," he says, before the footage ends.

Golda told KUTV said she’d called 911 and explained that her son has "bad separation anxiety" that was being triggered by her returning to work after more than a year at home.

The mum said she wanted help getting her son to a hospital and thought police would use the "minimal force possible".

She said she didn't understand why the police couldn't have just "tackled" him and broke down in grief when she described hearing the gunshots.

In a press conference on Monday, during the release of the bodycam footage, Salt Lake City police chief Mike Brown said: "I am very saddened by this tragic situation."

He added: "As a community, we need to find a way forward.

"Too often, our officers are called to deal with these difficult problems which frequently are not criminal in nature."

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