The officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott won’t face charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, closing a two-month investigation into the killing that led to heated protests and divided the city of Charlotte. Officer Brent Vinson has been on administrative leave since shooting Keith Lamont Scott, 43, in a parking lot while the husband and father waited for his child’s school bus.
“It is my opinion that Officer Vinson acted lawfully when he shot Mr. Scott,” Murray said. “His use of deadly force was lawful.” – District Attorney Andrew Murray
“The videos also show that Mr. Scott did not comply with those commands,” Murray said.
Murray said he discussed his findings with several “career” prosecutors who all agreed with his decision. He said he revealed his decision to Scott’s family before announcing it publicly. The family issued a statement saying they were “profoundly disappointed” with Murray’s decision but thanked the prosecutor for his detailed explanation.