>> Violent protest in Charlotte North Carolina early Wednesday after a police officer shot and killed a black man they say was holding a gun. Angry demonstrators blocking a main interstate, stealing boxes from trucks, and starting fires. Cops in riot gear reportedly using tear gas on protesters who threw rocks and bottles.
>> I'm fed up. I'm standing up.>> 43 year old, Keith Lamont Scott, was fatally shot Tuesday by Officer Brentley Vinson, who was also black, at an apartment complex where police were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant. Cops say the shooting occurred when they saw Scott get out of his vehicle with a gun.
His family disputes the claim, saying he was merely holding a book as he waited for his son to be dropped off from school.>> As they engage him, he is armed with a handgun that we found on scene as well. Made some imminent threat to them, and because of that, at least one of our officers fired.
>> Local media reporting, Scott was not the man police had been looking for. Protesters also tried breaking into a Walmart store before police blocked the front entrance. About a dozen officers and several protesters suffered non-life threatening injuries. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts urging for calm, saying a full investigation will ensue.
The chaos erupting after a peaceful protest took place Tuesday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a white officer killed an unarmed black man last week in an incident captured on police videos. Reuters photographer Nick Oxford was on the scene.>> Protests were peaceful and the police presence was almost non-existent except for several officers at the end of the street, blocking off traffic.
>> Both shootings coming amid intense debate over the use of deadly force by police, particularly against black men.