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Riots in Charlotte after fatal police shooting

Rioters attacked motorists on a highway and injured several police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the fatal shooting of a black man on Tuesday.

Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was killed at an apartment complex on the city’s northeast side while police were trying to serve a warrant for a different man in the same complex.

Charlotte police warned Scott again and again to drop his handgun, said Police Chief Kerr Putney during a news conference on Wednesday.

“The officers gave loud, clear verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses. They were instructing the subject, once he got out of the vehicle, to drop the weapon … Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it.”

Scott’s family members said he was simply sitting in his car, reading a book while waiting to pick up his son from school.

Officers did not find a book where Scott was shot, said Putney.

The officer who killed Scott, Brentley Vinson, is also black. Vinson was not wearing a body camera, according to the mayor’s office. He was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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