In North Carolina police shot and killed a man who was running toward them Saturday morning but it appears he was just seeking their assistance after a serious car wreck.
Officers responded to a “breaking and entering” 911 call at a home in Charlotte after the homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly. That’s when police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the description ran toward them.
So one of the officers shot him several times.
CNN reports, “One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was “unsuccessful.” Another officer then opened fire, police said. Jonathan Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times.”
Ferrell was unarmed.
Now police are led to believe that 24 year-old Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car.
The cops discovered a wrecked car nearby, indicating that he may have been trying to get help.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said, ”It was a pretty serious accident.”
The crash was so severe that authorities now believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window, another affiliate WBTV reported.
When Ferrell ran to the closest house for help, the woman inside thought it was her husband.
When she realized that she did not know him, she closed the door and called 911.
Police have charged Officer Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter — a felony. He turned himself in Saturday afternoon and was being held early Sunday on a $50,000 bond. Police used “charged” and “ran” and “advanced” in their description of what Ferrell did.
There were three officers at the scene, but Kerrick was the only one to use a gun. He fired several times, police said. “The evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick and the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive,” police said in another statement issued late Saturday night. “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter. ”
All three officers have been placed on paid leave. A charge of voluntary manslaughter means the person used excessive force in self-defense, or carried out the act without intent to kill.
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To reiterate, Mr. Ferrell got into a serious accident and needed assistance. A woman slams her door on him. Then a cop kills him.
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