Charlotte, N.C. police officer Randall Kerrick turned himself into authorities after shooting an unarmed former A&M football player during a breaking and entering response call on Saturday, according to a Sept. 16 KABC news report.
Kerrick and two other officers were dispatched to the home of a woman who said a man whom she did not know was continuing to knock on her door, and she feared he would break in when she refused to answer it.
That man was 24 year old Jonathan Ferrell, who had just come from a bad car accident and was unfazed by the stun gun officers attempted to use on him when they arrived at the scene and he ran towards them. The stun gun failed to subdue the young man, which led to officer Kerrick discharging his weapon, killing Ferrell as a result.
With officers unaware of the wreck, and the subject unwilling to walk towards them slowly, or to follow their commands to stop, they may have suspected he was possibly on drugs or under the influence of alcohol. The inability of the stun gun to halt his actions, however, could have made officer Kerrick in fear for his life, but the shooting came under attack by one NAACP member in the area named Ref. Kojo Nantambu.
Policemen are much, much to anxious now, law enforcement is much too anxious, to take-to use deadly force in the apprehension or the execution of their duties," Nantambu said.
After an internal investigation into the matter, the Charlotte Police Department's police chief issued the following statement:
"It's with heavy hearts and significant regrets it's come to this...Our hearts go out to the Ferrell family and many members of the CMPD family."
The CMPD also issued this department statement as well, "Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter."
The defense team of the officer being charged will likely ask to see the car crash investigation evidence made available in this case, especially any toxicology results that may show the young man was under the influence of illegal substances that could have caused the one-car accident he experienced. And which might shed light on why the stun gun was unable to subdue him.
In New York this weekend another officer shooting resulted in two women sustaining minor injuries when police tried to take down a man with a stun gun in the Times Square shooting case. A Twitter user's photos show that result.