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Protests erupt after deadly police shooting in Charlotte, N.C.

Several protesters and a dozen police officers have been injured and about five people arrested after violent protests erupted following a deadly police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday.

Officers in riot gear deployed tear gas into a crowd of protesters after individuals targeted police cruisers, ABC affiliate WSOC-TV Charlotte reported.

At least seven civilians were transported to a local hospital and a handful treated.

The shooting took place Tuesday afternoon after officers arrived at an apartment complex in the city of Charlotte at about 4 p.m., searching for a suspect who had an outstanding warrant, a police statement said.

Police said the man fatally shot, identified as Keith Lamont Scott, was not the suspect officers were searching for, but had exited from a vehicle with a firearm and the officers believed he posed an imminent deadly threat.

Scott’s family quickly challenged the police account of the fatal shooting, saying he was not armed and that he was holding a book and waiting for his son to be dropped off from school, WSOC-TV reports.

Detectives say they recovered the firearm they believe Scott had been holding at the time of the shooting at the scene, WSOC-TV reports. (GMA)

Photos: (from top) Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP (3), Adam Rhew/Charlotte Magazine/Reuters (2)

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