Protests turn into night of violence in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — Protests continued in Charlotte after a police-involved shooting that happened on Tuesday afternoon.

The Charlotte police chief said 16 officers were injured in protests following the fatal shooting of an armed man.

The officers were shown backing up as protesters advanced down the street Tuesday night. Initial reports say at least 100 protesters gathered at the scene, with some throwing water bottles at police.

The police officers were in riot gear stretched across a two-lane road. Some of the officers flanked the main line on one side of the road

Some protesters were heard yelling “Black lives matter,” and “Hands up, don’t shoot!” One person held up a sign saying “Stop Killing Us.”

Charlotte police went to an apartment complex about 4 p.m. looking for a suspect with an outstanding warrant when they saw a man — not the suspect they were looking for — inside a car.

Chief Kerr Putney said Keith Lamont Scott was the man in that vehicle.

Officers saw Scott get out of the car and then get back in.

When officers approached, Scott then exited the car with a handgun and was shot, according to Putney.

The officers considered Scott to be a threat and fired their weapons. Emergency personnel took Scott to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Protests continued Wednesday night. According to the Charlotte Observer, protesters threw water bottles at police cars and tear gas had been deployed.

WBTV says that a medic tells them one person is seriously injured after an apparent gunshot wound.

They say that the shooting did not involve a police officer.Facebook is changing find out how to get 7News in your newsfeed

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