Protests erupted Tuesday night in Charolette, North Carolina, after police shot and killed a man in an apartment complex parking lot.
The shooting happened around 4 p.m. when officers arrived at the apartment complex looking for suspect with an outstanding warrant, Charolette Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a news conference. While officers were there, they saw another man with a gun and ended up shooting him, he added.
“He makes some imminent threat to them, and because of that at least one of our officers fired rounds at the subject, shooting,” Putney said. “And now he is deceased.”
I was unclear how many officers fired their guns, but none were injured during the incident, Putney said, adding that a gun was recovered at the scene.
Police have not identified the man. However, on social media, people identifying themselves as his family questioned the police account of the shooting. In a Facebook Live video, a woman who identified herself as the man's daughter said “the police just shot my daddy four times for being black,” adding that he was disabled and didn't have a gun. The woman disabled her Facebook page Tuesday evening.
A man identifying himself as the brother of the man shot by police also spoke to Fox 46. He said his brother was reading a book at the time of the shooting.
Hours after the shooting, dozens of protesters gathered in the streets.
Some of the protesters could be seeing holding signs with the phrase, “It was a book.” Others could be heard chanting “black lives matter.”
Images from the scene also showed a line of police in riot gear. According to reporters at the scene, the protests and police response closed the street.
Putney said both criminal and internal affairs investigations have been launched over the incident.
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