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Man shot by police had much to celebrate in recent months

4 years 1 week 2 days ago Friday, April 10 2015 Apr 10, 2015 April 10, 2015 12:09 PM April 10, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - In the weeks before he was killed by a police officer, Walter Lamer Scott had much to celebrate.

The South Carolina man turned 50 in February. His temporary job as forklift operator was going so well his boss was determined to hire him permanently. And his girlfriend of five years had accepted his proposal to become his third wife.

Scott also had a problem: He owed nearly $7,500 in child support. That can mean jail time in South Carolina, and Scott had already been locked up three times for nonpayment.

His family suspects that's why he bolted when he was pulled over by a police officer last Saturday.

He was shot the back as he fled.

His killing - captured on video - has reignited the furor in the U.S. over black men dying at the hands of police.

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