Decision on Keith Scott case could come Wednesday

Keith Lamont Scott

An attorney for the family of a man shot to death by a North Carolina police officer two months ago says they are scheduled to meet with prosecutors to discuss the case.

Attorney Charles Monnette said Monday that the family of Keith Lamont Scott is scheduled to meet with Mecklenburg County prosecutors on Wednesday at 9 a.m. That's when an announcement is expected on whether charges will be filed against Officer Brently Vinson in Scott's death on Sept. 20.

Officers were called to The Village at College Downs to serve a warrant, when one officer said he witnessed Scott with drugs and a gun.

The officers said they identified themselves as police officers and gave clear and repeated verbal commands for Scott to drop the gun. They said Scott refused to follow the officers' commands.

Body cam and dashcam video showed Scott getting out of his vehicle and backing away from the vehicle, while ignoring the officers' verbal commands to drop the gun.

Officer Brentley Vinson perceived his actions to be an imminent physical threat and fired his weapon, police said.

Police Chief Kerr Putney said a gun was found at the scene, and a lab analysis of the weapon revealed the presence of Scott's DNA and his fingerprints on the gun. It was also determined that the gun Scott possessed was loaded at the time of the encounter with the officers.

The shooting set off several days of unrest and protests across Charlotte.

Monnette said he hopes to hear the results of the investigation into the shooting, specifically what led Vinson to fire his weapon while no other officers fired a shot.

Both Vinson and Scott are black.

WSOC contributed to this report
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