Police officer Brentley Vinson, who shot Keith Lamont Scott, was once a college football player known for his extreme speed.
Police alleged that Scott was armed. However, his family claimed he was waiting inside his car, reading a book without weapons.
Following the shooting of the 43-year-old Scott, Officer Vinson was placed under Administrative Leave based on standard procedure.
According to FOX 46, the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott sparked a massive protest in which people went out to the streets, screaming at the faces of police officers. The protesters also looted trucks, lit fires, and threw things at officers and squads.
It was earlier reported that Vinson is also black. Vinson had been an employee with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since July 21, 2014 and was assigned to the Metro Division.
It was reported by Liberty University biography that Officer Vinson was a criminal justice major who took a transfer to Liberty from Fork Union Military Academy. The site also said Vinson started every game for Fork Union in 2008.
“[He] graduated from Ardrey Kell High School … was a Southwestern 4A all-conference defensive back in 2006 … was forced to sit out the 2007 season due to an injury,” the website said.
Vinson also had a superb spring at a new position. He brought speed to the position and used this extreme speed in “blitzing and coming off the edges.” He was a physical ball player who could cover a lot of ground. There were times he would play deep and made the defense stronger.