Randall Kerrick, a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, shot and killed 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell who was unarmed early Saturday morning after Ferrell apparently had a car accident, according to a Miami News Day and Yahoo! News reports on Sunday.
In retrospect, it is apparent that Ferrell, a former Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University football player, was seeking assistance after a vehicular accident in which he crashed his car down an embankment at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. He went to a nearby resident’s home and knocked on the home’s door in hopes of getting help. The woman in the home opened the door thinking that her husband was arriving home. When she saw it was a stranger, she closed the door thinking that the man was a robber and called the police via 911.
When the police arrived, they saw Ferrell – matching the woman’s description of the suspected burglar - near the home. As Ferrell ran towards the officers – apparently for help – he was tasered but kept running toward one of the three officers. That’s when Officer Kerrick fired his weapon, hitting Ferrell multiple times. Ferrell was pronounced dead at the location of the incident.
Police Chief Rodney Monroe with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department stated that Kerrick is in custody and charged with voluntary manslaughter in the case. The other officers who were present during the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the ongoing investigation.