Police shooting audio backs up statements
A Charlotte, N.C., police officer calls for backup, saying he has spotted a man with a gun and a marijuana joint in his SUV. In follow-up radio traffic, the officer says a suspect has been wounded and is lying on the ground.
The two snippets of audio the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released on Thursday along with a brief 911 call appeared to back up authorities’ assertion that officers believed Keith Lamont Scott had a gun. A black officer fatally shot Scott last week, sparking violent street protests and prompting the governor to call up National Guard troops, who were stationed on downtown streets.
In the roughly 20-second 911 call, a witness can be heard asking for paramedics, then says they are already arriving. “I can’t stand y’all sorry asses,” he remarks.