Protests erupted overnight in Charlotte, North Carolina after a police officer fatally shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. The Charlotte Mecklenberg Police Department said officers, including officer Brentley Vinson, were at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road to serve a warrant. Authorities didn't suspect Scott of committing a crime, according to Refinery29.
Charlotte Mecklenberg police chief Kerr Putney said in a September 21 press conference that Scott posed an immediate threat to officers when he allegedly exited his car with a gun.
"The officers gave loud, clear, verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses," Putney said. "Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it."
Vinson, who'd been on the police force for two years, fired his weapon at Scott. Putney claimed that the officer then provided CPR, though the victim later died in Carolinas Medical Center.
The chief said the events unfolded in a matter of seconds.
Witnesses are refuting the officer's testimony.
Lyric Scott, who is reportedly the victim's daughter, posted a now-deleted Facebook Live video that refuted the police department's claim that her father had a weapon.
She said officers approached her disabled father while he sat in his car reading a book. The gunfire woke Scott's daughter from a nap. She said in the video that she learned of her father's death on the news.
Scott's brother said the victim was sitting in the car waiting for his son to be dropped off by a school bus. He also claimed the officers were dressed in plain clothes.
"[The officer] just jumped out and yelled 'gun' and shot at him," he told news reporters. "I think he shot him four times."
Chief Putney said authorities uncovered no book at the scene, but did retrieve a weapon.
North Carolina is an open-carry state.