Mecklenburg DA says no charges will be filed in Keith Scott's shooting death
Posted 11:24 a.m. Wednesday
Updated 1:22 p.m. Wednesday
Charlotte, N.C. — Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray announced Wednesday that he will not press charges against the police officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in September.
Scott's family met with prosecutors Wednesday morning before the decision was announced during a lengthy news conference.
Murray detailed many facts of the case before announcing his decision that Officer Brently Vinson would not face charges. Murray said Vinson acted lawfully.
The 43-year-old Scott was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of his Charlotte apartment complex when he was shot by police trying to find a different man.
Police body camera video showed officers shouting for Scott to drop a gun numerous times as he slowly backed out of an SUV. Scott's family said he did not have a gun and was reading a book.
However, Murray displayed a nearby store's surveillance video showing the outline of what appeared to be a holstered gun on Scott's ankle, and he discussed other evidence that Scott was armed.
The shooting, part of which was recorded by his wife and shared widely on social media, caused days of violent protests and a state of emergency to be declared in Charlotte.
According to an official autopsy report released two weeks ago, Vinson shot Scott three times, once in the posterior chest, once in the abdomen and once in the left arm.
The toxicology report in the case shows Scott was on a number of sedatives/anticonvulsant drugs at the time of his death. No alcohol or cocaine were found in Scott's system.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation also reviewed Scott's death.