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U.S. 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.
By Nina Golgowski AND Irving Dejohn / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013, 1:22 PM
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013, 5:39 AM
Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M University football player, was shot and killed Saturday by a North Carolina police officer when he ran out at the armed officer while seeking help, authorities now believe.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An unarmed former Florida A&M University football player shot and killed by police — who were responding to calls of a man trying to break into a house — was apparently just seeking help after a car accident.
Jonathan Ferrell, 24, was shot multiple times when cops say he surprised a trio of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers by running toward them around 2 a.m. Saturday.
Police say Ferrell’s description matched one given by a woman who moments earlier called 911 to report a man knocking wildly on her front door and attempting to break in.
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Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, quickly reacted by firing his weapon — killing the former football safety. He was later charged with manslaughter due to “excessive” force.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, turned himself in Saturday just after a warrant was signed for his arrest on voluntary manslaughter charges.
“Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter,” police said in a statement issued late Saturday night.
Kerrick, who joined the force in April 2011, was released on $50,000 bond, the Charlotte Observer reports.
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Police Chief Rodney Monroe described Kerrick as “devastated” by the death.
The two officers with Kerrick at the time of the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting, according to the department.
Police say Jonathan A. Ferrell's description matched one given by a woman who moments earlier called 911 to report a man as wildly knocking on her front door, pictured. Police now believe he only wanted help.
“My hearts goes out to the Ferrell family, quite naturally, as well as the main members of the CMPD family. This is never something easy to deal with, never something easy for us to quite grasp, but we are going to rise from this as we have from other things,” said Monroe.
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Initially, cops were vague about the shooting.
“(Ferrell) immediately charged toward the three officers, one in particular. That officer fired his weapon several times, striking the individual multiple times,” said Monroe.
Officials now believe that Ferrell’s dash at cops may have been a cry for help after a car accident left his vehicle mangled.
Not far from the scene of the shooting police discovered a wrecked vehicle, crashed in the woods. They now believe it may have been driven by Ferrell and he escaped seeking help.
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A severely damaged vehicle believed to belong to Ferrell was later discovered in nearby woods.
“It’s quite possible he was seeking assistance. . . . It was a pretty serious accident,” said Monroe.
Ferrell was unarmed and died at the scene. Ferrell played safety for the Florida A&M team during the 2009-2010 season.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to his family during their time of bereavement,” the team’s interim athletic director, Michael Smith, said in an emailed statement to the Washington Post.
The tragic bloodshed was the first time in 30 years that a department officer was charged with an on-duty shooting, the Charlotte Observer reported.
One officer had tried to slow Ferrell with a stun gun prior to the fatal shooting, according to police, but its discharge was “unsuccessful.”
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