Keith Lamont Scott

Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Sept. 20, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers encountered Scott when they were searching for another man sought for arrest on a warrant. Police said that when Scott emerged from his vehicle, he was holding a gun. Police said Scott refused to drop the weapon.



30 to 44

No/unknown mental illness


Body cam recording

Not fleeing

Officers identified

Officers involved: Brentley Vinson from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot on September 20, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina by Brentley Vinson, an African-American city police officer. Police officers had arrived at Scott's apartment complex to search for an unrelated man with an outstanding warrant. According to police, officers saw Scott exit a vehicle in the parking lot while carrying a handgun, and he refused to comply with their orders. Scott's wife was also present and disputed that account.

The shooting prompted investigations by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Justice. As is customary for the department, Vinson was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The shooting sparked both peaceful protests and violent riots in Charlotte over two nights. One person was killed by a civilian, and multiple officers and civilians were injured in the unrest. In November 2016, county prosecutors decided not to charge Vinson, concluding that the shooting was justified.