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Cellphone video shows encounter that led to fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott


"Did you shoot him?"

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New cellphone video obtained by NBC News shows the moments just before a black Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer fatally shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.

The video was recorded by Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott, who is heard repeatedly pleading with police, "Don't shoot him. He has no weapon."

Meanwhile, police can be heard in the background telling Scott, "Drop the gun," as his wife urges, "Don't do it." Moments later, a shot rings out.

(Content warning: Strong language and intense images)

"Did you shoot him?" Scott's wife asks. "He better not be f**king dead, he better not be f**king dead. ... He better live. He better live."

The video's release comes on the heels of three nights of unrest in the city. At least 16 officers were injured while trying to contain demonstrators.

Charlotte city officials have confirmed that they have bodycam footage from the fatal shooting; however, they've not stated whether the footage will be released.

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