A former Florida A&M football player, who may have been looking for help after surviving a car crash, was shot and killed by a police officer in Charlotte, NC., on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The Charlotte Observer reports that Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, shot the unarmed man several times and has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Early Saturday morning, Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, crashed into the woods in northeast, Charlotte and walked about a half-mile to the nearest house. The homeowner told police he was "banging on the door viciously" and thought it was her husband returning home late from work. When she opened the door and saw Ferrell, she closed the door and called the police.
Three officers responded to an attempted break-in call on Reedy Creek Road and saw Ferrell, who matched the description of the possible suspect.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe said the three officers surrounded Ferrell and he "immediately charged" at them. After one of the other officers unsuccessfully tried to taser him, Kerrick shot Ferrell multiple times killing him.
Chief Monroe said he does not think Ferrell was trying to rob the woman.
"The shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive," authorities said in a statement Saturday. "Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter."
The other two officers at the scene of the incident were, Officer Thorton Little and Officer Adam Neal. They were on paid administrative leave according to CMPD.
Randall Kerrick joined the police force in 2011.
Jonathan Ferrell, played football for Florida A&M in 2009 - 2010. He moved to Charlotte from Tallahassee, Fla. earlier this year. His family has declined to answer questions at this time.
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