A 43-year-old black man was fatally shot by police Tuesday afternoon at an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparking protests from members of the community.
The man has been identified by neighbors and family as Keith Lamont Scott. His family says he was disabled.
The officer who shot Scott was identified Tuesday night as Officer Brentley Vinson, WJZY-TV reports…
According to the Charlotte Observer, the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road just before 4 p.m.
Officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant, but the man who was shot was not the person they were attempting to take into custody. Police told the newspaper Scott was armed and a gun was recovered at the scene by detectives.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the officers felt their lives were endangered and at least one officer shot Scott, the Observer reports.
However, the family disputes the police’s claims. They said that Scott was unarmed and was reading a book while waiting for his son to be dropped off by the school bus. It was also noted that the victim’s brother said that the officer was in plainclothes and undercover.
Scott was taken to a local hospital, where he died, police said.
His family has disputed the police statements about the shooting, saying he was waiting for his son to come home from school when police arrived at the apartment complex and shot him.
Soon after the news was made public, protests began in Charlotte. News outlets are already reporting that violence has erupted and that about a dozen were injured.
At this moment, I know how the rest of the show will play out. And I know something like this will happen again somewhere with a different black victim and a different cop.