He was just trying to help one of his patients.
On July 18th, behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey found himself on the ground, begging North Miami police officers not to shoot.
Kinsey was trying to convince one of his patients, a 23-year-old autistic man to come back to a group home. A witness called 911, claiming the incident was a suicide attempt, and one person involved was armed with a gun.
Kinsey positioned himself on his back with his hands up in the air, begging police not to shoot his patient.
"All he has is a toy truck," Kinsey shouted. "I am a behavior therapist at a group home."
But he was still shot, and the North Miami police department claims that one of their cops accidentally shot Kinsey when they were aiming for his patient.
"This wasn’t a mistake in the sense that the officer shot the wrong guy or he thought that Kinsey was the bad guy," John Rivera, President of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, told reporters during a July 21st press conference.
"The movement of the white individual made it look like he was going to discharge a fire arm into Mr. Kinsey and the officer discharged trying to strike and stop the white man and unfortunately, he missed the white male and shot Mr. Kinsey by accident."
Kinsey spoke to WSVN about the ordeal, shocked that he was shot even though he was unarmed and complying with officers.
“I still get my hands in the air,” Kinsey recalled from his hospital bed, “and I said, ‘I just got shot.’
"I’m standing there like, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me was, ‘I don’t know.’”
"I was more worried about him than myself," Kinsey went on, referring to his patient..
"As long as I’ve got my hands up, they’re not gonna shoot me, that’s what I’m thinking," Kinsey said. "Wow, was I wrong."
Watch the video below to see what else Kinsey had to say.