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Suspect arrested in Charlotte protester’s shooting death, chief says

Police say they have arrested a suspect in the deadly shooting of a protester during demonstrations in Charlotte, N.C., over an officer’s killing of a black man.

Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney said during a news conference that the suspect was arrested Friday morning. He provided few other details about the arrest or the suspect but said that video led investigators to the shooter.

The protester, 26-year-old Justin Carr, was shot Wednesday night during a violent night of protests in Charlotte and died the next day. 

“Don’t know how to feel!” his mother, Ann Carr, posted on Facebook on Thursday before he died.

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“My baby is fighting for his Life! Please if your gonna protest do it peacefully! My baby was shot in the head for no apparent reason!”

Officials have since implemented a curfew that runs from midnight to 6 a.m. They also have called in state troopers and the National Guard in an effort to maintain order. After two nights of unrest, Putney says Thursday night’s protests were relatively peaceful.

Times staff writers Jaweed Kaleem and Jenny Jarvie contributed to this report.

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