Charlotte, North Carolina, is erupting in protests after police shot a man in the parking lot of an apartment complex while attempting to serve a warrant on Tuesday. He was not the man they were looking for.
While looking for the individual with the warrant, officers saw an armed man exit his vehicle and then get back in.
“The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” said police.
The victim later died at Carolinas Medical Center. The gun he had been holding was found at the scene.
Protesters began blocking off a road in northeast Charlotte at about 8 p.m. with cries of “No Justice, No Peace.” According to WTTV, a line of police in riot gear stretched across the street.
As agitators hurled water bottles at the police, at least one city bus had to be used for those who had been detained. The police’s civil emergency unit has been deployed.