Decision on charges expected to be made in Keith Scott shooting

From left to right: Keith Lamont Scott and Officer Brently Vinson
From left to right: Keith Lamont Scott and Officer Brently Vinson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCBD) — The Mecklenburg County District Attorney is expected to announce on Wednesday if criminal charges will be filed against the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer who shot and killed Keith Scott back in September, according to NBC affiliate WCNC.

The shooting by Bentley Vinson on September 20 touched off days of unrest and a series of protests.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said officers were serving arrest warrants on another person when they saw Scott with a marijuana blunt. A black plainclothes officer in a vest emblazoned “Police” shot Scott after the officer and other uniformed members of the force made “loud, clear” demands that he drop the gun, the chief said. Scott was armed and that a gun was recovered, the Chief added. Putney also said officer Vinson fired because Scott was an imminent threat of danger to Vinson or the other officers who were there.

An autopsy report from Mecklenburg County authorities said Scott died from gunshot wounds to the back and abdomen.

The shooting was captured on police body cameras and dash cam video.

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