A disabled black man who was shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer on Tuesday afternoon died after being taken to the hospital.
The incident occurred on Tuesday on Old Concord Road in University City, a subdivision of Charlotte, NC.
There was a search carried out for an individual with outstanding warrants. Police saw a man with a gun leave a vehicle. This individual, who was not the subject of the search, was approached by the police who claimed he “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers,” following which one of the officers opened fire.
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Keith Lamont Scott threatened officers?
The victim has been identified by neighbors and family as Keith Lamont Scott.
In a press release, the police said, “The subject 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 the subject.”
Scott’s daughter was told by an eyewitness that the victim had been Tased before being shot multiple times, as reported by The Root. In a video, the daughter, identified on Facebook as Lyric YourAdorable Scott, captured, she said, “They police just shot my daddy four times for being black. They Tased him first and then shot him.”
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Keith Lamont Scott pronounced dead at hospital
As many as 20,000 people have been watching the video.
Police started performing CPR on Scott. Upon the arrival of the medics, Scott was transported to Carolinas Medical Center; but was pronounced dead, as reported by FOX 46 News.
Scott’s daughter was filming the scene and heard about the death of her father over the news. Scott’s brother said the deceased was holding a book, and not a gun.
Outraged demonstrators took to the streets to protest Tuesday’s incident. According to reporter Joe Bruno, almost 100 people were present at the demonstration, chanting “no justice no peace.”
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