James Island native fatally shot by police officer will be laid to rest on Friday

James Island native fatally shot by police officer will be laid to rest on Friday

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The James Island native shot and killed by a Charlotte police officer last month will be laid to rest on Friday.

The funeral service for Keith Lamont Scott will be at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of James Island.

That's according to Murray's Mortuary in North Charleston.

His funeral had to be pushed back because of hurricane matthew.

Scott was killed September 20 when police were serving a warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road in northeast Charlotte.

According to CMPD, plainclothes officers were at the apartment complex to serve a warrant unrelated to Scott.

They said Scott pulled into the parking lot and parked beside the unmarked police vehicle officers were in, then began rolling what they believed to be a marijuana "blunt."

A short time later, police say they saw Scott hold a gun up.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, the officers identified themselves as police officers and "gave clear, loud and repeated verbal commands to drop the gun." Scott refused to follow those commands.

That's when an officer in uniform and in a marked vehicle arrived to assist, and "utilized his baton to attempt to breach the front passenger window in an effort to arrest" Scott.

CMPD said Scott then got out of the vehicle with the gun and "backed away from the vehicle while continuing to ignore officers' repeated loud verbal commands to drop the gun."

"Officer [Brentley] Vinson perceived Mr. Scott's actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers. Officer Vinson fired his issued service weapon, striking Mr. Scott," police officials said. "Officers immediately rendered first aid and requested Medic to respond to the scene."

Scott's family has said he did not own a gun, but police said they recovered a gun at the scene of the shooting. Chief Putney said Scott was "absolutely in possession of a handgun."

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