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Family's Remarks On Fatal Officer Involved Shooting

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NBC Right Now reached out to the family of Brad Jensen to tell his story. This is their response. NBC Right Now reached out to the family of Brad Jensen to tell his story. This is their response.
PASCO, WA – NBC Right Now reached out to the family of Brad Jensen to tell his story. This is their response.

Jensen was killed early Tuesday morning in an officer involved shooting in Pasco.

His sister sent us the following statement:

Brad's story, our story, is so much deeper and more extensive than what is being portrayed within the community. Brad had a kind heart, but a troubled mind. My brother has long suffered with substance abuse. However, to imply that the use of drugs and alcohol were the only precipitating factors leading to his tragic death would be a mischaracterization. My brother had significant, severe and debilitating mental health issues. He was diagnosed with depression and paranoid schizophrenia, causing him to hear voices commanding him to engage in self-destructive behaviors. Because of these devastating symptoms, my brother did not receive interventions that would have allowed him to think clearly and make choices that were in his best interest. In our society, there is an incredible stigma attached to those battling mental illness. This stigma and associated fear makes a person's ability to receive mental health treatment increasingly difficult. Once a person is able to overcome this stigma and attempt to have their symptoms treated, they face a mental health system that is inadequately funded and overburdened. Unfortunately, in my brother's case, the disease he faced led him to experience extreme paranoia, which prevented him from feeling safe while accessing treatment. Despite my family's attempts to receive intervention on his behalf over the last few weeks, there were no mechanisms made available to us, that would have allowed him an opportunity to be in a safe place, receive medications and therapeutic intervention that would have reduced the level of paranoia he faced on a daily basis. What I believe would have prevented this tragedy is that someone had not only listened to my parents' pleas to get my brother help, but that they had been equipped to do so. I wish that he had been afforded an opportunity to access mental health treatment that would have saved his life. I wish my brother were still alive so that we could tell him he was loved. I wish I could have helped more. I wish this to never happen to another family.” - Kirstin Jensen Bordner
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