Examiner Says Keith Scott Shot in Back


A new autopsy report states that Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old Black man who was killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg County police officer, suffered gunshot wounds on his back, abdomen, and left wrist, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed in its report, released Monday, that Scott died due to multiple shots fired at his chest and abdomen. The examiner’s findings matched a private autopsy report, Scott’s family had ordered in September. Those results determined the cause of death to be “two penetrating indeterminable range gunshot wounds to the back and abdomen.”

Also, toxicology tests found traces of the drugs Amantadine Diazepam, Gabapentin, and Nordiazepam in Scott’s blood. Each are prescription drugs used to treat anxiety disorder medications. There is no evidence he had been abusing the drugs.

Scott’s wife, Rakeyia, said her husband was taking up to eleven different medications for a variety of different illnesses at the time of the shooting. She believes the effectiveness of the sedatives or lack thereof may have had something to do with why her husband wasn’t completely compliant with officers.

It’s unclear, however, why the toxicology report did not specify whether Scott was tested for marijuana, since initial police reports claim Scott was seen rolling a cigar filled with marijuana, prior to allegedly waving a handgun.


Scott’s family lawyer, Charles Monnett, thought the marijuana results would be available, stating, “Police claim that he was rolling a joint, and that was the reason (they approached Scott). You would have expected that they would want to see if he had smoked any.”

The dashcam and body cam videos, which were released this past weekend amid public angst, show Scott being fired upon four times by Officer Brentley Vinson who is Black, and a group of plainclothes CMPD officers. A voice can be heard faintly saying “drop the gun”, although Scott’s family maintains he did not own a firearm and the visual shows Scott’s arms by his side


An alternate visual, depicted from Rakeyia Scott’s cellphone, captured the moments leading up to the shooting. Rakeyia can be heard screaming to the officers that her husband “does not have a weapon” and that “he has a traumatic brain injury (TBI).”


The Charlotte community protested in response to Scott’s death for a number of nights following the shooting. While no one has been charged in the incident yet, Officer Vinson is on paid-leave, as the CMPD, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Justice Department launch separate investigations.