BREAKING: No Charges Against Officer in Charlotte Shooting

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District Attorney Andrew Murray announced Wednesday morning that no charges will be filed against officer Brentley Vinson of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, in the death of Keith Lamont Scott.

The shooting occurred on September 20 when Keith Lamont Scott stepped outside of his vehicle with a gun in his hand, and ignored at least 10 orders from five different police officers to drop his gun.

Scott’s wife was yelling at the police that he was only reading a book and didn’t have a gun, but that turned out to be untrue, say police.   No book was found in his vehicle, and he did have a gun.

At a press conference announcement Wednesday, Murray revealed other details previously unknown to the public.

Police learned that Scott had purchased the gun only 18 days before for $100.   The gun, a Colt .380 semi-automatic had been stolen in Gaston County.   Murray also reported that one bullet was in the chamber of the gun, and the safety was off.

According to a prosecutor’s report, the person who sold the gun to Scott admitted it.  “The seller said that Scott asked him to find him a weapon because he was having problems with his wife and her family, specifically his nephew.”

The Charlotte Observer reported that Scott was also a convicted felon, having been sentenced in 2005 to seven years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Texas.

Murray said 63 SBI agents in total were assigned to investigate the case.   Earlier in the day of the shooting, surveillance video from a 7-Eleven store captured Scott walking in, with a bulge at the ankle holster where he kept his gun clearly visible.

Police saw Scott rolling a marijuana joint in his vehicle while they had come to serve an arrest warrant on an unrelated case at the apartment complex.  Police Chief Kerr Putney said they were going to just ignore that, until they saw him holding the weapon.

The officers decided to confront Scott only when they saw him hold up a semi-automatic pistol.  Murray said Vinson and another office left, put on protective gear and called for backup.   When they returned, they blocked Scott’s SUV and called for him to come out, telling him at least 10 times to drop the gun, which he refused to do.


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