Shooting of Charlotte man justified; police say he was armed

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Charlotte police Officer Brentley Vinson’s deadly use of force was lawful the day he killed Keith Lamont Scott, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said Wednesday.

He said no charges will be filed in the case, and that 15 prosecutors reached the decision unanimously.
Murray urged the community to remain calm.

“I know some are going to be frustrated,” he said, but Vinson “was justified in shooting him.”

The district attorney said he met with Scott’s family before making the announcement, and that the family was “extremely gracious.”

In response to public speculation about whether Keith Lamont Scott was armed the day he was killed by police, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said “all the credible evidence” leads to the conclusion Scott was armed.

His DNA was found on the grip of a gun found at the scene, Murray said.

Prosecutors found the man who sold the gun to Scott and even the leg holster in an effort to prove he did indeed own a gun.