Angry residents confronted officers in tactical gear, stormed onto I-85, started fires on the roadway, and eventually ransacked a nearby Walmart.
Several officers suffered injuries.
The situation erupted hours after police went to an apartment complex to serve a suspect with an outstanding warrant.
Officers said they encountered a man, not the man they were looking for, inside a car.
“At this point all we know is they’re in the apartment complex parking lot and this subject gets out with a weapon. They engage him and one of the officers felt a lethal threat and fired his weapon because of that,” said Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.
The subject, identified as Keith Lamont Scott, was later pronounced dead at the hospital. His family insists he was not armed and wasn’t given a chance to comply before he was shot.
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