Prosecutor: Officer acted lawfully in Charlotte man’s killing

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 file photo, protesters shout as they march in the streets of Charlotte, N.C., to protest the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Less than a year after a devastating motorcycle wreck that friends say left him muddled and struggling, Scott was shot to death on Sept. 20, by Charlotte police officers who said he refused to drop a gun. Some experts say his traumatic brain injury, and the medicine he took for it, could have contributed to the situation that left him dead. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 file photo, protesters shout as they march in the streets of Charlotte, N.C., to protest the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Less than a year after a devastating motorcycle wreck that friends say left him muddled and struggling, Scott was shot to death on Sept. 20, by Charlotte police officers who said he refused to drop a gun. Some experts say his traumatic brain injury, and the medicine he took for it, could have contributed to the situation that left him dead. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina prosecutor says a Charlotte police officer acted lawfully when he shot and killed a black man in a case that touched off several nights of unrest in the city.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray made the announcement Wednesday in the shooting by officer Brent Vinson.

Vinson, who also is black, shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott on Sept. 20.

Scott was sitting in his vehicle at an apartment complex when he was confronted by police. Police video showed officers shouting for Scott to drop a gun numerous times. Scott’s family has said he was not armed.

However, Murray displayed a nearby store’s surveillance video showing the outline of what appeared to be a holstered gun on Scott’s ankle, and he discussed other evidence that Scott was armed.

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