Medical examiner releases official autopsy in Keith Lamont Scott shooting

(Source: Family of Keith Lamont Scott)
(Source: Family of Keith Lamont Scott)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The official autopsy has been released for a Charlotte man who was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer in September.

Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was killed September 20 when police were serving a warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road, in northeast Charlotte.

The autopsy, released by the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner Monday, show that Scott was killed by gunshot wounds to the posterior left chest and left abdomen.

The medical examiner states Scott was shot a third time, in the posterior left wrist.

Last month, the family released a private autopsy report which was completed nine days after the state's official autopsy.

That independent autopsy labels four gunshot wounds, with the fourth being in Scott's left wrist, presumably the exit wound for the wrist gunshot.

Both reports indicate the cause of death to be the gunshots to the posterior chest and abdomen. The private autopsy labels the posterior chest gunshot as the left upper back.

"We believe the first shot fired was the shot that struck Keith in the back and ultimately killed him," family attorney Charles G. Monnett said in a statement in October.

According to CMPD, plainclothes officers were at the apartment complex to serve a warrant unrelated to Scott. They said Scott pulled into the parking lot and parked beside the unmarked police vehicle officers were in, then began rolling what they believed to be a marijuana "blunt."

A short time later, police say they saw Scott hold a gun up.

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According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, the officers identified themselves as police officers and "gave clear, loud and repeated verbal commands to drop the gun." Scott refused to follow those commands.

That's when an officer in uniform and in a marked vehicle arrived to assist, and "utilized his baton to attempt to breach the front passenger window in an effort to arrest" Scott.

CMPD said Scott then got out of the vehicle with the gun and "backed away from the vehicle while continuing to ignore officers' repeated loud verbal commands to drop the gun."

"Officer [Brentley] Vinson perceived Mr. Scott's actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers. Officer Vinson fired his issued service weapon, striking Mr. Scott," police officials said. "Officers immediately rendered first aid and requested Medic to respond to the scene."

Scott's family has said he did not own a gun, but police said they recovered a gun at the scene of the shooting. Chief Putney said Scott was "absolutely in possession of a handgun."

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Monnett said they were "forced to conduct the independent autopsy because the medical examiner refused to release even the most basic information about his wounds or cause of his death."

The private autopsy does not include a toxicology report, which was conducted by county medical examiners who originally examined Scott's body.

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