CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the State Bureau of Investigation has been brought in to independently investigate the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott that launched a powder keg of protests Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Scott, 43, was shot and killed by a police officer while a warrant was being served at an apartment complex.
McCrory spoke at a press conference Thursday afternoon, thanking all officials assisting Charlotte at the time amid unrest. He thanked and shifted the spotlight to the SBI.
"The SBI has been working with the city. The SBI is currently participating and leading an investigation of the most recent incident that happened here in Charlotte Mecklenburg," McCrory said.
The family requested the SBI to assist in the investigation, which had to be officially requested through the District Attorney's Office.
McCrory issued a state of emergency in Charlotte on Wednesday night after protests that began peacefully devolved into violence as the evening went on.
"I want to reiterate that any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property will not be tolerated," said Governor McCrory. "By working together, I am confident in our ability to support local efforts to restore Charlotte to peace and prosperity."
He said the state of emergency is out of "total respect for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department." "Our nation is centered right now in Charlotte."
Thursday, McCrory focused on what the city plans to do going forward, saying there are resources available and "lessons learned" from the past 24 hours.
"I just encourage patience for people," McCrory said.
Thursday morning, the North Carolina National Guard arrived in Charlotte at the center near Billy Graham Parkway.
The National Guard and the State Highway Patrol were deployed to the area on the suggestion of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.