It was roughly 2:30 a.m. on Saturday when Jonathan Ferrell escaped a car accident and went looking for help. He then knocked on the door of the nearest house, looking for help. The woman inside opened the door, expecting it to be her husband but slammed it shut on him prior to calling 911. On September 17, MSNBC reported that the 911 call that led to his death has been released.
The woman, Sarah McCartney, opened the door because she believed it to be her husband who was working that night. Upon seeing Ferrell at the door, she panicked and closed it. He begged her for help so she called 911 and reported that someone was trying to break into her house.
What happened next was tragic. Police units arrived and as Ferrell approached them, looking for help, he was first shot with a taser. Then one of the officers, Randall Kerrick, unloaded his service weapon. Ten of the 12 shots fired hit Ferrell and ultimately killed him. Ferrell was unarmed at the time and was not attempting to do anything aside from seek help.
Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter. The other two officers who responded to the call, Thornell Little and Adam Neal, have been placed on paid administrative leave. Many are outraged at the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, citing racism and fear as the cause of his death. Certainly an unarmed man could have been detained without shooting him ten times.