CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is speaking out after a man was shot and killed by a Charlotte police officer Tuesday afternoon, sparking protests and later riots.
Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot and killed by CMPD officer Brentley Vinson Tuesday afternoon at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on the 9600 block of Old Concord Road.
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Officers said they were searching for a person with an outstanding warrant when they saw Scott get out of a vehicle with a firearm.
When Scott got back into the vehicle, the officers approached. The police report states Scott then 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."
Family members and neighbors say Scott was not armed when he was shot and was sitting in the vehicle reading a book while waiting for his son to get off the school bus.
According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, Officer Brentley Vinson was not wearing a body camera, but other uniformed officers on scene were.
"I can tell you a weapon was seized, a handgun," Putney said, "I can also tell you we did not find a book that has been made referenced to."
"He entered the vehicle armed with a handgun," Putney said. "The officers gave loud clear verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses. They instructed him to drop the weapon."
Police video is being reviewed, according to Chief Putney, who says the story is different than it's been portrayed through social media.
"We're still going through all of the footage from both body-worn and dash," Putney said.
Wednesday afternoon, McCrory said he's been in conversations with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and other city officials since early Wednesday morning.
"We will do everything we can to support the mayor and the police chief in their efforts to keep the community calm and to get this situation resolved," McCrory said. "It's very important that we all work together as a team to solve a very difficult issue and to bring peace and resolution."
"My prayers are with the Scott family and also our law enforcement, especially the 16 police officers who were injured last night," he continued. "As governor I'm going to do everything I can to support the entire city leadership in their effort to resolve this situation."
Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is running against McCrory for governor, issued a statement as well.
"What happened to Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte is a tragedy. It is important that this case is thoroughly investigated to find the truth and make sure justice is done," Cooper said. "We must be committed to the kind of change that prevents these tragedies from happening. It is critical that as protests occur they are non-violent and do not cause harm."