Keith Lamont Scott, fatally shot by NC cops, warned repeatedly to drop gun: Chief

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The armed man fatally shot by police in North Carolina on Tuesday was given multiple warnings to drop his weapon, police officials said in the wake of violent late-night clashes between law enforcement and protesters.

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"The officers gave loud, clear verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses," Kerr Putney, police chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police Department, said at a news conference Wednesday morning, noting that the fatal confrontation unfolded "in a matter of seconds."

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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Police officers face off with protestors on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: People block traffic on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A police officer in riot gear walks past a fire on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Police officers face off with protestors on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CMPD officers stand in a haze of tear gas on Old Concord Rd. on Tuesday night, Sept. 20, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. The protest began on Old Concord Road at Bonnie Lane, where a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot a man in the parking lot of The Village at College Downs apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. The man who died was identified late Tuesday as Keith Scott, 43, and the officer who fired the fatal shot was CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
Protestors surround a CMPD vehicle on Old Concord Rd. on Tuesday night, Sept. 20, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. The protest began on Old Concord Road at Bonnie Lane, where a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot a man in the parking lot of The Village at College Downs apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. The man who died was identified late Tuesday as Keith Scott, 43, and the officer who fired the fatal shot was CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
In this frame from video provided by WBTV, a police vehicle is damaged after protests broke out Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C., following a fatal shooting of a black man by police. (WBTV via AP)
A protestor holds a sign showing a book and a gun on Old Concord Rd. on Tuesday night, Sept. 20, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. A protest began on Old Concord Road at Bonnie Lane, where a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot a man in the parking lot of The Village at College Downs apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. The man who died was identified late Tuesday as Keith Scott, 43 and the officer who fired the fatal shot was CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson. Earlier a woman who said she is Scott's daughter claimed on a live-streamed video on Facebook that Scott was unarmed when he was shot. In the video, the woman said her father was sitting in his car reading a book and waiting for the school bus to drop off his son. She claimed that her father was tasered and then shot four times, and that he was disabled. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Police officers face off with protestors on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A police officer attempts to extinguish a fire on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Police officers wearing riot gear block a road during protests after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Adam Rhew/Charlotte Magazine MANDATORY CREDIT
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A police helicopter illuminates protestors blocking traffic on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Police officers hold their line on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: People block traffic on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A police officer stands guard near a fire on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Protestors run from a gas canister after blocking traffic on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Protestors block traffic on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests of an officer-involved fatal shooting September 20, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The protests began the previous night following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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The killing of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott set off a night of protests and violence that left 16 officers injured as demonstrators threw rocks and blocked a highway, authorities said.

"The extent of injuries varied, but all are minor enough that they would be released," Putney said of the hurt cops.

Scott had been sitting in his car at The Village at College Downs complex near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte when officers arrived before 4 p.m. ET.

They were searching for someone else with an outstanding warrant, Putney said. Officers saw Scott holding a handgun as he exited his car. He returned to his vehicle and then exited again as officers approached him. He posed an "imminent deadly threat," police said in a statement Tuesday.

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#KeithLamontScott. Killed by police in #Charlotte. He was reading. The thing they made illegal for our ancestors to do.
I awaken to another shooting? Another hashtag #KeithLamontScott. Another reason why we must remain vigilant.
Say #Keithlamontscott did have a gun, isn't he In a open carry state? So uhm.. Once again we need answers.
I'm Black. I am 43. I read books. I pick up my kids from school. I am #KeithLamontScott. I just haven't been killed yet. #BlackLivesMatter
Whole lot of questions that need answering quickly this morning #KeithLamontScott
#KeithLamontScott is the 732nd person to be killed by a cop in 2016. Police brutality is a real problem. Face it. Don't hide behind bigotry
#KeithLamontScott was the wrong person. Police were looking for someone else. If he had a gun, it is an open carry state. Try again
Angry & heartbroken and I'm white & privileged. Can't imagine what African Americans feel like tonight. Enough is enough. #KeithLamontScott
I have a headache. I'm tired. I don't know whether to be angry, sad, cry or just not care anymore. I feel dejected. #KeithLamontScott
Nobody was killed because of football players kneeling during the national anthem. #TerenceCrutcher #KeithLamontScott #blacklivesmatter
Again, members of the media. Do NOT call #KeithLamontScott a "suspect." He was NOT a suspect or wanted for ANYTHING when police shot him.
If u are neither sad nor outraged tonight, please open your eyes. If u are, know you're not alone. #KeithLamontScott #TerenceCrutcher
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Putney said officers instructed Scott to "drop the weapon" after he got out of his car, but he failed to comply. He was given aid and taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Scott's family on Tuesday told local news outlets that he was disabled and unarmed. They claimed on social media that he had been reading a book.

Putney said that while a weapon was recovered, no book was found, adding that what police are investigating in the case is a "little different than how it's been portrayed so far on social media."

The officer who fired the fatal shot — later identified as CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson, a member of the force for two years — was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. Vinson is African-American, reported NBC affiliate WCNC and The Charlotte Observer.

Putney said Vinson was not wearing a body camera, but other officers on scene did have them and their footage was being reviewed along with cruiser dashcams as part of the investigation. There were no immediate plans to make the videos public, he added.

Hundreds of people shut down both lanes of I-85 early Wednesday as police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. The chief said a tractor-trailer was broken into and its contents were set on fire. One person was arrested.

"As always, our officers tried to facilitate demonstrations and protests ... but when that behavior becomes violent, aggressive and destructive, we have to act as we did," Putney added.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts asked residents to remain vigilant as police continue a review of the shooting and look at any possible criminal charges against those involved.

"We are calling for peace, we are calling for calm, we are calling for dialogue," Roberts said, adding that she's been in touch with the White House and the governor's office.

Scott's family was expected to speak at a news conference later Wednesday morning.

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