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Son says he knows why father wanted police to kill him

Posted at 2:45 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 14:49:32-04

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HOPEWELL, Va. – New details are emerging about what prompted a man to allegedly stab his daughter’s boyfriend before he was shot and killed by a police officer in a Hopewell parking lot Sunday afternoon.

Scott Wiseman, 61-year-old Boyd Keith Ballard’s son, said he is uncertain what led to the shooting, but called his father’s mental state “not good.” He said his father had been reeling from the loss of his wife.

“Yesterday was my mom’s memorial service down at Wilkerson,” Wiseman said.

Boyd Keith Ballard

Boyd Keith Ballard

Police said Ballard allegedly stabbed his daughter's boyfriend at Twin Rivers Townhomes before investigators said he charged an an officer with two butcher knife in his hands in the parking lot.

Hopewell Police Chief John F. Keohane said the officer told Ballard several times to stop and drop the knife, but Ballard kept advancing.

"As he was giving very good commands in reference to, "Drop the knife, drop the knife, drop the knife. I don't want to shoot you,'" Keohane said. "And the suspect kept saying,  'Shoot me. Shoot me.'"

The officer opened fire and Ballard later died of his injuries.

Wiseman said the incident happened about 30 minutes before the family was supposed to be memorializing his mother, Ballard's wife, Deanna.

“It was supposed to be at 4 and this went down about 3:30,” Wiseman said.

Scott Wiseman

Scott Wiseman

Wiseman said his father had been talking about suicide since his wife’s death.

“What I think was going through his mind was, I finally get to be with her again. That's all he could think about,” Wiseman said.

Keohane said the shooting, which was captured by the officer’s body camera, is being investigated by Virginia State Police.

Wiseman said he wants to see the video, because the allegations seem so out of character.

"Yeah and that's something I wanted to see. My father actually in that state of mind saying, 'Shoot me. Shoot me,'" Wiseman said. "It's mind blowing. Someone you've know all your life, he's raised you, then all of a sudden he just goes psycho. I just don't understand it."