Keith was fatally shot by police Tuesday afternoon at an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparking protests from members of the community. His family says he was disabled and reading a book when he was shot dead. Police claim he was armed and threatening.
Keith was 43 years old.
6/2/16: Rodney Smith
Officers responded to a 911 call for shots fired on a CATS bus near the intersection of North Tryon Street and University City Boulevard. When police arrived, they discovered that a person had been shot in the lower leg on the bus. Police said officers Michael Bell and Garret Tryon located 18-year-old Rodney Rodriguez Smith down the street. Police claim they perceived an “imminent lethal threat,” and shot and killed Smith.
Rodney was 18 years old.
4/19/16: Sylasone Ackhavong
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and a SWAT unit were called to the 7-Eleven on Little Rock Road after a gunman barricaded himself in the store around 3 a.m. Officers with the SWAT team shot and killed Sylasone Ackhavong during the standoff after he raised a gun at officers, police claimed.
Sylasone was 41 years old.
1/5/16: Carlton Antonio Murphy
Police said someone called 911 around 5 a.m. saying shots had been fired. When officers arrived, a person began shooting at them from a second-floor balcony, police Chief Kerr Putney said at the scene. Police later said Murphy fired more than 30 shots at responding officers. Officer Jacob Meadors returned fire, police said, and the man retreated into the apartment. A SWAT team and negotiators were sent to the scene, CMPD said. They went inside the second-floor apartment and found the suspect dead, Chief Putney said.
Carlton was 33 years old.
1/3/16: Germonta Wallace
Police said they were searching for Wallace, who was wanted for the Dec. 30, 2015, murder of Norris Martin. When officers arrived Wallace and Marquez Breon Springs-Owens, 29, came outside. Police claim Wallace started firing at the officers, hitting Officer Jessica Zinobile in the ankle. Multiple detectives shot and killed Wallace.
Germonta was 30 years old.
12/24/15: Daquan Westbrook
Shooting took place in the Northlake Mall. "Five guys started fighting, two of them ran out of the store when the third guy came out of the store he pulled out a gun," police claimed. "Officer stepped up, said put your gun down, he turned around and opened fire." police said.
Daquan was 18 years old.
2/18/15: Janisha Fonville
Police claim Janisha Fonville refused to drop a kitchen knife and "lunged" at officers before Officer Anthony Holzhauer pulled his service pistol and shot her twice.
Janisha was 20 years old.
6/18/14: Devaron Ricardo Wilburn
Police claim Wilburn shot at officers a few days prior. Officers found Wilburn, and the confrontation ended with Wilburn being shot and killed.
Devaron was 21 years old.
9/14/13: Jonathan Ferrell
Police were responding to a 911 call of a suspicious man outside a woman's home. Three officers arrived, and Ferrell allegedly began running toward them. One officer fired a stun gun, which police say malfunctioned, and then Officer Randall Kerrick shot Ferrell several times, killing him. Ferrell was unarmed, and had apparently walked to the woman's house from his severely crashed vehicle nearby and was looking for help. Officer Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter, but then was acquitted by a deadlocked jury.
Jonathan was 24 years old.
6/18/13: Jaquaz Walker
Police claim they were forced to shoot Walker when a drug sting set up by authorities at Hidden Valley Elementary School went wrong. Police set up a marijuana drug deal between an undercover police officer, an informant and two teen suspects. During the drug deal, police claim Walker shot the informant in the shoulder after attempting to rob him. The undercover officer shot Walker in the head and killed him.
Jaquaz was 17 years old.
7/6/13: Lemuel Rufus Furr
County officers and SWAT team members responded to a domestic disturbance and found Furr agitated, likely drunk, armed, and suicidal. Furr had already shot and wounded his son, and explicitly told officers on a phone call that he wanted to kill and be killed, "in a blaze of glory". When Furr emerged with a gun in each hand, and two more later discovered in his front pockets, he was fatally shot once by a police sniper.
Lemuel was 59 years old.
1/6/13: Spencer Rollins Mims
Officers responded to a report from Mims stating that he was having trouble with his son. When officers arrived at his home, they found Mims allegedly holding a box-cutter to his own throat. An officer fired a stun gun at Mims. Then, Mims allegedly "lunged" at the officers with the box cutter. An officer shot Mims at least once. Mims died at a local hospital.