Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney said Wednesday that Keith Lamont Scott ignored multiple warnings to drop a weapon he was carrying and that he was a threat to the responding officers.
Scott, 43, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon when he was stopped by police officers searching for another individual with outstanding warrants. The ensuing protests Tuesday night injured 16 officers.
Scott stopped his car near an apartment complex, armed with a handgun he was legally allowed to carry in public.
According to the police, Scott ignored multiple commands to drop his weapon, and instead, tried to get back into his car. As officers closed in, he again exited his vehicle, ignoring commands from the police.
Officer Brentley Vinson, who was in plain clothes, shot and killed Scott once the police determined him to be a threat to their safety.
Some online have pointed out Charlotte's divided history.
Keith Lamont Scott.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 21, 2016
Never coming home.
Black lives matter.
God help us, Black lives matter.
Many online are upset by Scott's death.
Many took to social media to document the protests on Tuesday night.
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