Officer who shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott will not be charged

An eyewitness testimony was an important part of the decision.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Brentley Vinson will not face charges in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray announced Wednesday. Vinson shot and killed Scott at an apartment complex in September, after police were dispatched to the area to look for a separate individual with an outstanding warrant.

The incident was marked by competing eyewitness testimony, with police claiming Scott was armed while his family said he was not. Murray said Wednesday that no charges would be filed in the case, after 15 prosecutors agreed no indictment would be appropriate, and that "all the credible evidence" leads to the conclusion that Scott was in fact armed.

"I know some are going to be frustrated," Murray said, but he said Vinson "was justified" in shooting Scott. Murray also said he informed Scott's family of the decision prior to making the announcement, and said the family was "extremely gracious" about the news. An attorney for the Scott family said Wednesday that they "still have real questions about what decisions were made that day."

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