Charlotte police chief not certain whether gun pointed at police

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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: