What police and the family of Keith Lamont Scott say about Shooting
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News September 21, 2016 Updated: 10:44 AM
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said officers gave Keith Lamont Scott "loud, clear, verbal commands" to not exit his vehicle and drop his weapon before they fatally shot him on Tuesday.
The family Keith Lamont Scott has said he was not armed and was holding a book while waiting for his son to be dropped off from school. Chief Putney told reporters that Scott was holding a handgun, which was recovered from the scene, and posed a threat because he was not obeying police orders.
HOW THE SITUATION UNFOLDED
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant Tuesday afternoon at The Village at College Downs in Charlotte, N.C., when they observed Keith Lamont Scott, 43, not the suspect they were looking for, inside a vehicle at the apartment complex.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Scott exited a vehicle he was sitting in armed with a firearm, then got back into the car.
When officers approached the car, Scott got out of the car with the gun again. The officers considered Scott to be "an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject," officials said.
The police chief said during a press release on Wednesday that police recovered a weapon from the scene, and did not find a book at the scene.
“It’s time to change the narrative, because I can tell you from the facts that the story’s a little bit different than it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media,” Putney said.
Emergency responders transported Scott to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Keith Lamont Scott's family allege he was shot by an undercover officer while reading in his car.
Protestors took to the streets in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday evening, on the heels of another officer-involved shooting in Tulsa.
In both cases, police said they felt threatened and were forced to take lethal action.
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"We're going to continue to enlist tech companies and community and religious leaders to push back against online extremist content and all messages of hate," he said.
"They are trying to hurt innocent people, but they also want to inspire fear in all of us, and disrupt the way we live, to undermine our values," he said. "We all have a role to play as citizens in making sure that we don’t succumb to that fear."