Man shot, killed by police officer believed to have been seeking help after crashing vehicle North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department says Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, may have been seeking assistance after a car crash. But when he ran toward officers, the former Florida A&M University football player was killed.
An unarmed North Carolina man who was shot and killed by police while running toward an officer may have only been seeking help after surviving a car crash.
Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, was shot multiple times when authorities say he surprised a trio of police officers with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department by running toward them around 2 a.m. Saturday.
Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, reacted by firing his weapon with "excessive" and "unlawful" force, his department now believes, killing the former Florida A&M University football player who recently moved to the area.
"(Ferrell) immediately charged towards the three officers, one in particular. That officer fired his weapon several times, striking the individual multiple times," Police Chief Rodney Monroe said in a press conference.
Use of a stun gun was attempted by an officer prior to the shooting according to police but its discharge was "unsuccessful."
Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, turned himself in Saturday just after a warrant was signed for his arrest on voluntary manslaughter charges.
Ferrell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Ferrell's description matched one given by a woman who moments earlier called 911 reporting a man as wildly knocking on her front door and attempting to break in.
Officers now believe this man described as resembling Ferrell may have just been trying to get help.