Police in North Carolina fatally shoot man they claim was armed

Tensions flared in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday after police fatally shot a man in the parking lot of an apartment complex, saying he got out of his car armed with a gun as officers approached him.

As darkness fell on Charlotte following the shooting a crowd of protesters gathered near the scene and local WSCOC-TV reported they blocked a road leading to the apartment complex as police in riot gear stood by.

"Demonstrators surrounded our officers who were attempting to leave the scene," the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said on Twitter, adding that a "civil emergency unit" had been deployed to safely remove them.