Although social media almost immediately circulated a rumor that the man who had been shot, identified at 43-year old Keith Lamont Scott, had been unarmed, police revealed otherwise.
Authorities stated that Scott was in fact armed with a gun and given multiple commands to drop his weapon before he was shot.
“The officers gave loud, clear verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses. They were instructing the subject, once he got out of the vehicle, to drop the weapon… Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it,” stated Police Chief Kerr Putney.
Protesters in Charlotte held aloft signs that stated, “Black Lives Matter,” and “Stop Killing Us.”
Both Mr. Scott as well as the officer who shot him were African-American.