Media Releases for the Scott case

9/29/2016

Case Update: Thursday, September 29, 2016,

In consultation with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released the link below for the 911 call and radio traffic received and transmitted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.  The 911 call has been redacted and voice altered in accordance with G.S. 132-1.4.  Also available on the link are the body worn camera footage and dash-cam footage that have also been released. 

http://charlottenc.gov/newsroom/releases/Pages/Officer-Involved_Shooting-Scott_Case.aspx


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Case Update: Saturday, September 24, 2016,

There have been numerous unconfirmed reports published in the media concerning this case. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has prepared the following case update to provide factual information about the officer-involved shooting.

Two plain clothes officers were sitting inside of their unmarked police vehicle preparing to serve an arrest warrant in the parking lot of The Village at College Downs, when a white SUV pulled in and parked beside of them. 

The officers observed the driver, later identified as Mr. Keith Lamont Scott, rolling what they believed to be a marijuana "blunt."  Officers did not consider Mr. Scott's drug activity to be a priority at the time and they resumed the warrant operation. A short time later, Officer Vinson observed Mr. Scott hold a gun up.

Because of that, the officers had probable cause to arrest him for the drug violation and to further investigate Mr. Scott being in possession of the gun.

Due to the combination of illegal drugs and the gun Mr. Scott had in his possession, officers decided to take enforcement action for public safety concerns. Officers departed the immediate area to outfit themselves with marked duty vests and equipment that would clearly identify them as police officers.

Upon returning, the officers again witnessed Mr. Scott in possession of a gun. The officers immediately identified themselves as police officers and gave clear, loud and repeated verbal commands to drop the gun. Mr. Scott refused to follow the officers repeated verbal commands. 

A uniformed officer in a marked patrol vehicle arrived to assist the officers.  The uniformed officer utilized his baton to attempt to breach the front passenger window in an effort to arrest Mr. Scott.

Mr. Scott then exited the vehicle with the gun and backed away from the vehicle while continuing to ignore officers' repeated loud verbal commands to drop the gun. Officer Vinson perceived Mr. Scott's actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers. Officer Vinson fired his issued service weapon, striking Mr. Scott.  Officers immediately rendered first aid and requested Medic to respond to the scene. 

Homicide Unit Detectives interviewed multiple independent civilian witnesses at the scene and at police headquarters.  Those witnesses confirmed that officers gave numerous loud verbal commands for Mr. Scott to drop the weapon and also confirmed that at no time did Mr. Scott comply with their commands.

A lab analysis conducted of the gun crime scene investigators recovered at the scene revealed the presence of Mr. Scott's DNA and his fingerprints on the gun. It was also determined that the gun Mr. Scott possessed was loaded at the time of the encounter with the officers. The investigation also revealed that Mr. Scott was wearing an ankle holster at the time of the event. 

Attached are photos of the gun, ankle holster and marijuana "blunt" in Mr. Scott's possession at the time of the incident. Additionally, links to the portion of the digital mobile video recorder (dash-cam)  and body worn camera footage that capture the time of the shooting are included below.

The body worn camera illustrates the footage from the moment it was turned on until officers began rendering first aid to Mr. Scott

The dash-cam footage is from the time in which the officer operating the car with the dash-cam video arrives on the scene until officers began rendering first aid to Mr. Scott.

All future inquiries about this investigation should be directed to the SBI by contacting them at sbimedia@ncsbi.gov or 919.582.8581.​

Body Worn Camera Video: https://youtu.be/1TuDSA4C1kk

DMVR footage: https://youtu.be/pPmyZYNeum8


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Case Update: Saturday, September 24, 2016,

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney will be releasing a statement to the media concerning the officer involved shooting incident of Keith Lamont Scott. 

Please join us at 4:30 p.m. at the West Service Center, located at 4150 Wilkinson Boulevard.


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Case Update: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 9:58 p.m.,

The member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department that was involved in the shooting has been identified as Officer Brentley Vinson.  As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, Officer Vinson has been placed on paid Administrative Leave.  Officer Vinson has been employed with the CMPD since July 21, 2014 and is currently assigned to the Metro Division. 

The deceased subject has been identified as Keith Lamont Scott, DOB: 03/02/1973.  His family has been notified of his death.  

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Grande is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 5:25 p.m.,

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit are conducting an officer involved shooting investigation that occurred in the 9600 block of Old Concord Road in the University City Division. 

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 3:54 p.m., officers from the Metro Division Crime Reduction Unit were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant on him at The Village at College Downs.  Officers observed a subject inside a vehicle in the apartment complex.  The subject exited the vehicle armed with a firearm.  Officers observed the subject get back into the vehicle at which time they began to approach the subject.  The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject.  The officers immediately requested Medic and began performing CPR.

Medic responded to the scene and transported the subject to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.  The identity of the subject and officer involved will be released pending family notification.

Detectives recovered the firearm the subject was holding at the time of the shooting at the scene.  Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses who witnessed this incident.

As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.  Per department protocol, the officer will be placed on Administrative Leave.

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  Representatives of the Internal Affairs Bureau, Real Time Crime, Operations Command and Special Investigations responded to the scene. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation.  As additional information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Grande is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/


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