Family's accounts of shooting conflicts with police

Family's account conflicts with police

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Keith Scott was the kind of guy everyone knew in the neighborhood.

"He always had nice kind words to say when I saw him, and he always spoke," a neighbor said. 

Friends often found the 43-year-old father of seven sitting in his car, waiting for his son to get off the school bus. That's what friends say he was doing Tuesday when police confronted him.

A witness to the shooting says Scott had a book in hand and "took a couple steps towards the furthest vehicle," prompting cops to yell 'stop.' "That's when they shot him."

Police say Scott had a gun, got out of his car, then got back in. When officers approached they claim he got out of the car with a weapon and "posed an imminent threat."

Taheshia Williams says that is not true. 

"He's standing there like this telling them I don't have anything. When he did that you hear four shots - boom, boom, boom, boom," Williams said.

A man who says he is Scott's son started live streaming on Facebook, his wife stepped out of the house seconds before the shooting.

"I heard his wife yelling down from where they stay, 'don't do it, please don't,'" Williams said.

People who knew Scott say he had some mental delays and a stutter from a recent bike accident.

"He was in a bike accident not too long ago, this man had brain injuries," a friend of Scott's said.

A memorial of flowers and candles has been growing next to the orange police markings where Scott sat in the shade to wait for his son. 

 

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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