Charlotte police shooting: Protests erupt after officer kills man armed with gun

(CNN) — Protests erupted in North Carolina after an officer fatally shot one man while serving a warrant for a different person at an apartment complex in Charlotte.

Crowds gathered near the complex Tuesday night, chanting “no justice, no peace!” and carrying signs that said “Black Lives Matter.”

Some threw water bottles and rocks at officers working to control the protesters.

Highway blocked

The protests continued into early Wednesday as crowds blocked Interstate 85 and started a fire at the center of the highway. Vehicles and tractor-trailers stalled as far as the eye could see as police cars with flashing lights hovered nearby.

Some protesters removed boxes from the back of semitrailers and set the items on fire. Police in riot gear formed a line and forced crowds away from the highway.

About an hour later, the highway partially opened, but some protesters remained in the vicinity and continued chanting.

At least seven people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, CNN affiliate WSOC reported.

Man shot, officer identified

The man shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Keith Lamont Scott, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said.

Brentley Vinson, the officer involved in the shooting, has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the mayor.

Charlotte’s is the latest case involving an officer-involved shooting, and has attracted the attention of Black Lives Matter protesters who are demanding justice and an end to police brutality.

In Oklahoma, protesters gathered for several days following the Friday killing of Terence Crutcher by an officer in Tulsa.

‘When will our lives truly matter?’

Most of the protesters cited the case of Ahmad Rahami, the suspect in the New York and New Jersey explosions who was arrested alive Monday after a shootout.

“Something has to be done … there was a terrorist in New Jersey, New York. He was taken alive,” protester Nichelle Dunlap told CNN affiliate WCCB in Charlotte.

“They said they want to question him. So because you wanted to question him, does his life mean more than our black men across the nation? It doesn’t make any sense.”

Corine Mack, who attended the protests in Charlotte, said the community is frustrated.

“When will our lives truly matter? A black father is dead. There are children tonight who will never see their father again,” said Mack, who is president of the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP.

“It clearly appears as if our lives don’t matter. We need to change policies. We need to change procedure. We need to hold police accountable. It’s a modern day lynching. Charlotte is not a good place right now, we’re in the throes of this problem.”

The mayor called for a full investigation into the shooting, saying she’ll work with authorities on the case.

“The community deserves answers and full investigation will ensue. Will be reaching out to community leaders to work together,” the mayor tweeted.

What happened?

The incident started when Charlotte police looking to serve a warrant Tuesday shot and killed a man in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

Though the man was armed, he’s not the one police were looking for, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement.

The Tuesday afternoon shooting set off an angry crowd response that grew as the hours passed.

It’s unclear why authorities were serving the warrant. While they were looking for that individual, officers saw a man get out of a car with a gun, then get back into the vehicle, the statement said.

Officers moved in.

“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,” police said.

Police Chief Kerr Putney said at least one officer shot the man. Two investigative branches of the department were looking into the shooting, he said.

Scott died at Carolinas Medical Center. A gun he was holding was found at the scene, police said.

Family told CNN that Scott was a father of seven and was sitting in the car reading a book when officers arrived on the scene.

Officers injured

CNN affiliate WSOC reported that protesters blocked off a road as a line of police in riot gear stretched across the street.

At least 12 officers suffered injuries during the protests, the police department tweeted. It did not provide details on the nature and severity of the injuries, but said one of its officers was hit in the face with a rock.

The officer involved in the shooting has worked for the department for two years.

(NOTE: WHNT News 19 first started covering this breaking news story with a live blog. The updates are below. However, we have since updated the above article with the most recent information released by authorities.)

Preston Benson September 20, 201611:21 pm

(CNN) — A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer suffered injuries during
protests Tuesday night following an officer-involved shooting, the police
department tweeted. The officer’s injuries are not life-threatening, it said.

Preston Benson September 20, 201611:22 pm

(CNN) — The man fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer is Keith
Lamont Scott, and his family has been notified, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts
said Tuesday night. In a statement, Roberts said Brentley Vinson, the officer
involved in the shooting, has been placed on paid administrative leave. She said
the officer has worked for the department since July 21, 2014.

Preston Benson September 20, 201611:23 pm

Preston Benson September 20, 201611:28 pm

Preston Benson September 21, 201612:04 am

(CNN) — [Breaking news alert, posted at 12:37 a.m.
ET Wednesday]

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said “approximately 12 officers”
have been injured during protests following the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont
Scott by a police officer. The department also tweeted that one of its officers
was hit in the face with a rock.

[Previous story, posted at 11:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday]

Charlotte, North Carolina, police looking to serve a warrant Tuesday shot and
killed a man in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

The man was armed but not the man police were looking for, the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a news release.

The late-afternoon shooting set off an angry crowd response that grew as the
hours passed.

It was not clear why authorities were serving the warrant. While they were
looking for that individual, officers saw a man get out of a car with a gun,
then get back into the vehicle, the statement said.

Officers moved in.

“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,” police said.

Police Chief Kerr Putney said at least one officer shot the man. Two
investigative branches of the department were looking into the shooting, he said

The man died at Carolinas Medical Center.

A gun the man was holding was found at the scene, police said.

The man fatally shot by a police officer is Keith Lamont Scott, and his
family has been notified, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Tuesday night.
In a statement, Roberts said Brentley Vinson, the officer involved in the
shooting, has been placed on paid administrative leave. She said the officer has
worked for the department since July 21, 2014.

CNN affiliate WSOC reported that protesters blocked off a road, in northeast
Charlotte about 8 p.m. A line of police in riot gear stretched across the
street.

Many of the demonstrators yelled, “No justice, no peace!”

Some hurled water bottles at police. At least one city bus was used for
people who had been detained by police.

Police tweeted they were deploying their civil emergency unit to help patrol
officers leave the scene.

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