Charlotte police chief not certain whether gun pointed at police

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said during a press conference Wednesday morning that while witnesses and evidence indicate Keith Lamont Scott was armed with a handgun when he was shot Tuesday, Putney could not say for certain whether Scott was pointing the gun at officers.

A Charlotte police officer shot and killed Scott Tuesday while officers were serving a warrant for a different person at an apartment complex in Charlotte.

Police did not find a book where Scott was shot, Putney said. Scott’s family had said he was reading a book in his car when he was shot. Putney also said the officer who shot Scott, Brentley Vinson, was not wearing a body camera.

Vinson, who has been placed on paid administrative leave, has been a Charlotte Metro Police officer since July 2014.

After a night of violent protests in Charlotte¬†overnight, Putney says, “We are hoping for the best, preparing for the worst” when it comes to the¬†potential for protests Wednesday night. Sixteen officers were injured during the protests. One person was arrested, Putney said during the press conference.

FOX8 has a crew on the scene in Charlotte and is sending two more crews Wednesday afternoon: