Protests erupt after deadly police shooting in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo Gallery)

Top officials in Charlotte urged the public to stay calm following a night of unrest and violence over the latest fatal shooting of a black man by law enforcement.

Hundreds of people took to the streets near the apartment complex in the North Carolina city where Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot and killed. These demonstrations grew more violent into the night — as rioters lit fires and threw rocks. Police retaliated with riot gear and tear gas.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney said at a press conference Wednesday morning that several orders for dispersal went unheeded. At least 16 officers were injured and several police vehicles were damaged, he said.

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