No Charges Filed Against Officer Who Killed Keith Lamont Scott
The announcement that no officers will be charged in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott “doesn’t end our inquiry,” Scott family attorney Charles Monnett said Wednesday.
“We still have concerns,” Monnett said. “We still have real questions about what decisions were made that day,” such as whether police could have used better de-escalation techniques that may have prevented Scott’s death.
Charlotte police Officer Brentley Vinson’s deadly use of force was lawful the day he killed Keith Lamont Scott, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said Wednesday.
He said no charges will be filed in the case, and that 15 prosecutors reached the decision unanimously.
Murray urged the community to remain calm.
“I know some are going to be frustrated,” he said, but Vinson “was justified in shooting him.”
The district attorney said he met with Scott’s family before making the announcement, and that the family was “extremely gracious.”
In response to public speculation about whether Keith Lamont Scott was armed the day he was killed by police, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said “all the credible evidence” leads to the conclusion Scott was armed.
His DNA was found on the grip of a gun found at the scene, Murray said.
Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray is holding a news conference, describing new details from the day Keith Lamont Scott was killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Brentley Vinson.
Murray showed surveillance footage from a convenience store shortly before Scott was shot at an apartment complex. The footage showed a bulge around Scott’s ankle. Murray said the bulge is consistent with the holster and gun later described by officers.
The district attorney also said at least three officers reported seeing Scott holding a gun before he was shot, though dashcam video did not show that detail.