Evidence Shows Officer “Acted Lawfully” In Shooting Of Keith Lamont Scott


District Attorney Andrew Murray announced Wednesday morning that no charges will be filed against Brentley Vinson, the Charlotte Police officer who “acted lawfully,” when he shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott.

Although Scott’s family is still saying he wasn’t armed, newly released evidence prosecutors brought forward shows Scott had a gun in a holster attached to his ankle.

This video below shows Scott at a 7-Eleven prior to the shooting, and the ankle holster holding a stolen Colt .380 semi-automatic pistol can be clearly seen:

In the picture below, District Attorney Andrew Murray points to a side-by-side photo that circles the visible holster in both the 7-Eleven footage, as well as the body cam video prior to the shooting.


“It is my opinion that Officer Vinson acted lawfully when he shot Mr. Scott,” Murray said at a news conference where he stated a team of 15 career prosecutors unanimously  decided the officer was justified in using deadly force for self-defense.

The picture below shows police evidence of the loaded pistol, as well as the ankle holster that can be seen in the video:


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 full police video of the fatal shooting can be seen here:

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