(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, said they gave Keith Lamont Scott “loud, clear, verbal commands” to not exit his vehicle and drop his weapon before they fatally shot him on Tuesday. But it’s still unclear whether the man actually pointed the gun at the officers, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney.
Scott’s family has said he was not armed and was holding a book while waiting for his son to be dropped off from school. Putney told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that Scott was holding a handgun, which investigators recovered from the scene, and posed a threat because he was not obeying police orders.
“The officers gave loud, clear, verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses,” Putney said. “Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it.”
An officer subsequently fired his weapon, striking Scott, who was later pronounced dead.
The investigation into Scott’s death is ongoing.
“I don’t know that he definitively pointed the weapon specifically towards an officer,” the police chief told reporters.
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