CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Charlotte police chief says officers gave 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott multiple warnings to drop a handgun before fatally shooting him.
Police Chief Kerr Putney said during a news conference Wednesday morning that officers were searching for a suspect Tuesday when they saw Scott exit a vehicle with a handgun. He says the officers told him to drop the gun and that he got out of the vehicle a second time still carrying the gun. He says the man was shot because he posed a threat.
He says officers requested medical help and performed CPR on the black man.
The black officer who shot Scott has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
The chief said 16 officers sustained minor injuries during protests Tuesday night and that one person has been arrested.