CMPD Chief Responds to Deadly Shooting, Protest Turning Violent

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Wednesday morning Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney held a news conference to discuss the chain of events from Tuesday night after an officer shot, killed a man.

CMPD Chief Putney: First of all this is a difficult time. 

CMPD Chief Putney: Based on witness statements and evidence at scene ... yesterday at 4 o'clock we had officers searching for a suspect wanted for a warrant

CMPD Chief Putney: Keith Scott exited car with a gun.  Then got back in the car. Officers instructed him to drop gun. As he got out again, officers fired shots.

CMPD Chief Putney: Officers gave loud, clear verbal commands heard by many witnesses

CMPD Chief Putney: Tuesday night around 9 pm protesters turned into "agitators", started damaging police vehicles, throwing rocks

CMPD Chief Putney: Before 2 a.m. additional agitators gathered and went down I-85 and blocked northbound and southbound lanes.

CMPD Chief Putney: One arrest so far from protests.

CMPD Chief Putney:  16 police officers have been injured, multiple vehicles damaged.

CMPD Chief Putney:  I can tell you from the facts, the story is different from how it has been portrayed on social media.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts: We understand there may be continuing protests. We are calling for peace, calm and for dialogue.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts says she has been in touch with the White House

CMPD Chief Putney:  Still going through body cam and dash cam video.  Says he hasn't seen all of the video in its totality.

CMPD Chief Putney says officer seized a gun from the scene.  Chief says they did not find a book, which family members have referenced

CMPD Chief Putney:  Officer was in plain clothes, with vest marked police.  Uniformed officers were also present.

CMPD Chief Putney:  Officer Vinson was not wearing a body camera.  The officers in uniform were wearing body cameras, but it does not give a full picture of what happened.
 
CMPD Chief Putney:  "I don't know that he (Keith Scott) definitively pointed a weapon at an officer" but he says Scott did have a gun

CMPD Chief Putney:  We do anticipate more arrests, bring responsible parties to justice


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