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Emergency situation declared in Charlotte, North Carolina after black man shot dead by police

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency upon the request Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. The governor has also initiated efforts to deploy the North Carolina National Guard and the State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement.

The Mayor of the City of Charlotte and the Chairman of Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners have declared a State of Emergency which is required in order to bring in state assets including the National Guard to assist in protecting residential and business properties while the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department continue focusing on public safety needs throughout the community.

These actions are in response to a police shooting of an allegedly armed African-American male who was shot dead by police, leading to protests which are devolving into violence and riots.

According to Charlotte, North Carolina police:

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 3:54 p.m., officers from the Metro Division Crime Reduction Unit were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs.

Keith Lamont Scott
Keith Lamont Scott
Officers observed a subject, Mr. Keith Lamont Scott, inside a vehicle in the apartment complex. The subject exited the vehicle armed with a handgun. Officers observed the subject get back into the vehicle at which time they began to approach the subject.

Officers gave loud and clear verbal commands, corroborated by witnesses, for the subject to drop the weapon.

In spite of these verbal commands, Mr. Scott exited the vehicle still armed with the handgun as officers continued to tell him to drop his weapon.

The subject posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers and Officer Brentley Vinson subsequently fired his weapon striking the subject. The officers immediately requested Medic and began performing CPR.

Medic responded to the scene and transported the subject to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Detectives recovered the firearm the subject was holding at the time of the shooting in close proximity to the subject.

Per department protocol, the Officer Vinson will be placed on Administrative Leave.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, CMPD Officers encountered protesters following the officer involved shooting incident.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., officers encountered the crowd transitioned from peaceful protestors to a more aggressive group of agitators as events of the night developed.

The CMPD Civil Emergency Unit was deployed at approximately 8:30 p.m., to deescalate the situation and restore order.

Air support from the CMPD Aviation Unit provided an overhead view of rapidly changing conditions on the ground.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., multiple subjects began damaging police vehicles and throwing objects at officers on the scene.

At 10:54 p.m., the CMPD Civil Emergency Unit gave a dispersal order to the group. After an additional dispersal order was ignored by demonstrators, CEU officers deployed tear gas to disperse the unruly demonstrators, who continued to throw objects and damage property.

At approximately 1:45 a.m., an additional group of protestors gathered in both lanes of travel on Interstate 85 and started a fire. Both north and southbound lanes were shutdown. Dispersal orders were given at 3:00 a.m., tear gas was deployed and I-85 reopened at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Despite repeated directions to stop, demonstrators attempted to push through the police line, resulting in the arrest of one person. As of today, we know of a total of 16 officers who were injured. Multiple police vehicles were damaged, as officers attempted to deescalate the situation and protect our community.

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