One shooting, two stories after Charlotte shooting

nc_charlotte160921_1500x845Charlotte, N.C. (NBC News) — Police and witnesses are giving conflicting accounts of the deadly shooting that sparked a night of violent protests in Charlotte Tuesday.

It began when Brantley Vinson, a black officer, shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.

Officers had encountered Scott while trying to serve warrants on a different man at an apartment complex.

Police Chief Kerr Putney says Scott ignored officers’ commands to drop his weapon and posed a threat.

“A weapon was seized. A handgun. I can also tell you, we did not find a book that has been made reference to,” Putney said.

Multiple witnesses, on social media and in interviews, say Scott had no gun and had been sitting his car, reading a book, awaiting his son’s arrival from school.

“This man was sitting out here minding his business, waiting for his son and he lost his life. That’s not right,” said neighbor Taheshia Williams.

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