Written by Andrea Martinez
10 December 2015
Dossey's grandfather, Phil Kling III, said his grandson has been struggling with PTSD since returning from Afghanistan and Africa about a year ago. He added that Dossey was treated and released from a local hospital last week after an incident related to the condition.
According to information provided by the Smith County Sheriff's Office, the man was shot after threatening deputies with a knife.
Both relatives and deputies describe the disturbance that led up to the shooting as a cry for help and are calling for increased awareness of PTSD.
Deputies responded to reports of a person in distress in the 13000 block of County Road 411 in northern Smith County about 9 p.m. Wednesday.
When officers arrived, they met with the caller, Paul Kling II, who told them his son, Cameron Dossey, 25, had been drinking heavily, making suicidal statements and driving around on the property, according to a press release provided by the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate Dossey. Deputies informed Kling II to call them if Dossey returned.
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Doctor explains what to look for in people who may have PTSD
By Kim Leoffler
Updated: Dec 10, 2015
TYLER, TX (KLTV)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) cases are becoming more and more common throughout the country, and it could have been part of what led up to an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night.
24-year-old Cameron Dossey was shot in the torso after he reportedly lunged at Smith County sheriff's deputies with a knife, just outside of Lindale. He was still in the hospital Thursday night.
Dossey was in the Navy had been deployed twice, returning in May of last year. But since then, his family said he's been different.
“He said no one could help him, no one cared,” Andra Kling, Cameron’s mother, said.
“He said that he didn't want to live, that he was tired of everything, that we didn't know what was going on inside of his head,” Kling added.
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