Report: Decision On Charges For Officer In Scott Shooting Could Occur In Days

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Prosecutors could announce their decision to file charges against the officer responsible for the death of Keith Lamont Scott as early as Wednesday, according to sources.

An attorney for the family of Scott said that the family will be meeting with the Mecklenburg County prosecutors early Wednesday morning.

Black police officer Brently Vinson fatally shot Scott, also a black man, because he believed that Scott posed an imminent threat to officers, police maintained.

An unidentified source told WSOC TV that prosecutors could announce a decision on whether or not they would file charges against the officer. The district attorney’s office could not be reached for comment.

Charles Monnette, the family’s attorney, said he hopes that the results of the investigation into the shooting will be revealed.  He especially wants to know why Vinson shot at Scott while other officers did not.

Vinson shot Scott in September while officers were trying to serve a warrant for another person. Police contend that Scott stepped out of his car holding a gun. (RELATED:Police Chief: Black Man Told Multiple Times To Drop Gun Before Getting Shot)

Scott ignored repeated commands to drop his gun, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.

“He stepped out, posing a threat to the officers and Officer Brently Vinson subsequently fired his weapon, striking the subject,” Putney said.

In the days after the shooting, rioters poured out on the streets. Rioters damaged business and assaulted each other. (RELATED: Here’s How Charlotte Rioters Expressed Their ‘Frustrations)

A  man died during the riots and protesters tried to set a reporter on fire.

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