Family Of Keith Lamont Scott Speaks To WCCB Following Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Family members speak to WCCB, Charlotte’s CW reporter Courtney Francisco following the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

Scott was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer on Tuesday, September 20th in northeast Charlotte.

Police say officers with the Metro Division Crime Reduction Unit were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant on him at The Village at College Downs just before 4pm.

Officers say they saw a Scott inside a vehicle in the apartment complex. Scott exited the vehicle armed with a firearm, according to police. Officers say Scott got back into the vehicle and then the officers started to approach Scott.

That’s when police say Scott got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking him. The officers immediately requested MEDIC and began performing CPR, according to a news release.

Scott was pronounced dead on the scene.  Police say the officer involved in the shooting is Brentley Vinson.  As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, Officer Vinson has been placed on paid Administrative Leave.  Officer Vinson has been employed with the CMPD since July 21, 2014 and is currently assigned to the Metro Division.

Family members say Scott was sitting in a vehicle reading a book while he waited for his son to get off a school bus.  Family members claim the book was mistaken as a gun.

Protests broke out shortly after the shooting.  At 10pm protesters were seen throwing water bottles at police.  Around 11pm, police cruisers were being damaged by protesters.  Police started deploying tear gas and smoke bombs into the crowd, according to a source.

Several officers have been injured in the protests.