Our son and brother, Carrick "Eric" Vigen, was a good man and well loved. Eric also had a disease; he was bipolar. When he was in a manic/depressed phase, Eric often made very poor choices.
Eric's horrific death (on June 18) is something we as a family will have to learn to live with. We cannot change that moment in the gas station parking lot when Eric made a very poor decision. He was in a depressed state and wanted to die. We believe Eric may have done something inappropriate when he exited the truck, which in turn drew fire from the CHP officers.
Eric was under treatment by Sacramento County Mental Health, had the psychiatrist, case worker, other professionals, group meetings, and medications and was learning to take control of his disorder.
That night, the CHP came upon Eric with the knowledge he was suicidal and possibly armed.
We respectfully request no further media attention and coverage. Please allow Stanislaus County law enforcement to complete its investigation. We, as a family, are grieving and see no need for those CHP officers and their families to endure any additional pain.
KARLA VIGEN and THE VIGEN FAMILY