N.C. police shoot and kill unarmed black man who needed help after a serious car accident

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.

Image: WBTV

Image: WBTV











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.

CNN reports:

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.

Watch courtesy of CNN:


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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  • mea_mark

    To protect and serve, I think not.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

    Yet another example of poor judgement and overreaction by law enforcement. It’s been asked before, but seriously – what kind of training are these officers receiving? In this case, the other officer’s were either still assessing or had determined he wasn’t there to harm them, and they did not surrender to the impulse to join their colleague.

    However now another young man is dead, someone’s son, someone’s husband. This happens too often, and the number of these incidents are increasing. I can only think the screening and training process is failing in massive doses. Don’t get me wrong, there are both very good and very bad members of law enforcement but to a large extent these incidents appear to be coming from the middle – a very poorly prepared middle.

    • BanditBasheert

      The same type as the cops that work for Shurff Joe – you know, the ones who pile on a 5’6″ hispanic male and suffocate him, then let him lie naked in a cell until he dies – then transporting him to a hospital to have the HOSPITAL declare him.

    • Shanasmiles

      As I see it, they are poorly trained if they are responding to fear alone. Fear is irrational. Police are supposed to assess the situation. They are supposed to be the first on scene…the first to secure a scene. Not just run in and Rambo everyone and everything in sight. My brother was an MP and is now a local town cop; he is horrified by the prevalence of bad cop stories. He says that bad cops don’t just make good cops “look” bad, they make all cops bad, period. I tend to agree and I think the defense of bad cops by their unions, police chiefs, fellow policemen, and their light (or nonexistent) punishment for wrongdoing makes them feel invincible.

      Also, there is a saying in business, ‘First rate managers hire First rate people, Second rate managers hire third rate people’ and that holds true in law enforcement. The higher a bad cop rises in the ranks, the more influence he has over filling the force with goons like him or worse.

      • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

        I agree. My DIL’s father has been a detective for 30 years, and her brother has been on the force for a couple years now. Her Dad, a top notch guy – I would literally trust him with my life. Her brother, although well intentioned shouldn’t be allowed to operate a can opener by himself. He’s not a bad guy at all, he’s just incredibly naive and just seems lost in the world overall.
        Hiring practices within the force, as they stand provide an advantage for those whose families are in law enforcement, it’s a weighted score. It overrode his lower scores on the profile testing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517882026 René Therese Newell

    Society has gone bonkers! Now if you try to get help assistance from strangers or police officers now you get shot & killed because of it.Since when does knocking on a door become breaking and entering?Maybe ppl need to quit being so closed minded and need to open your ears and hear what someone has to say.If you are committing a crime you don’t run towards officers you would be running away. I’m sure the man was probably in a panic and was saying something to indicate he needed HELP !

    • BanditBasheert

      If you are of a certain color, asking the POlice for help is a dangerous thing to do.
      This is happening way too often.

  • alan carter

    This happens way too often! Yes, more intensive police training is needed but what type of person joins the police force whose first impulse is to fire your weapon. If you are that fearful; police work is not for you. Secondly, how does a person with that type of personality get on the force. Don’t the police training entail personality and morals background checks. Dam!!!

    • Albaby

      Are you kidding???? This is North Carolina. Our Governor is a huge racist. He just passed the worst voter suppression laws in the nation. I think racist are what they are looking for when they hire.

  • Dianna

    The same sub-species of human beings who are killing dogs who are of no threat – that are wagging their tails and running up to greet them or shooting dogs that are chained up, not allowing the owners to get them, they shoot instead. I agree, what kind of training is taking place? And why are they hiring racist, trigger-happy pu$$ies. This is a nation-wide epidemic.

  • BanditBasheert

    I have a friend who wants to be a cop (he can’t because he is a lousy credit risk) – because he then can carry a gun and shoot people.

  • Diane

    There should absolutely be no PAID leave for these miscreants. The police are supposed to “protect and to serve” not murder with impunity. Becoming more and more like a third (maybe even fourth) world country particularly in the South.

  • robertrobin10 .

    its sad we’ve become a shoot first ask questions latter type of country,if this happened in cuba or north korea, we would all be screaming about a violent police state.

  • juicyfruityyy

    If the man was in a serious accident. He probably had some injuries. She might not have wanted to let the man inside. Be could of called for an ambulance. The cops (3), could have done a better job in subduing the man. Who was probably in shock from the accident.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

      From the little we know about the encounter with the neighbor – I don’t know if I would have reacted any differently. She did call 911 which should have been the right thing.

      • juicyfruityyy

        She called 911 because of the behavior of, ringing the doorbell. But with the phone call, she could of said that he was injured. This would have alerted them to send an ambulance. It seems that, people are too quite to past judgement. The stigma, of a person of color, is almost instantly, looked upon a person who is doing drugs, a gangster, or out to do no good.

  • Blu-Shea Moninni

    If you are that scary, you think some body is always out to harm to you,you should not be a cop,point blank period!!!!!

    • Russell Dee

      You’re right.

  • gailillly

    why do these god dam cops always have to shoot to kill??? They could have shot him in the leg where he wouldn’t be able to walk, but NO they ALWAYS play big hero cop man. I blame the cop and he should go to prison for manslaughter. WHAT A GOD DAM SIN.

    • Leonard Baugh

      Why shoot an unarmed man in te first place?

    • Tanya Foster Hanna

      I agree, but wish you would not take the Lord’s name in vain like that!!

  • Aisaiko

    This is why I don’t talk to cops….ever.

  • Russell Dee

    Well, if the unarmed man is attacking you, like Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman, then as far as I’m concerned it’s OK to shoot him, but in this case there was no justification for the cop to shoot the man because the man wasn’t attacking the cop.

  • Mungo

    Sigh…gee, he was black, they were white, this was NC. …….I’m shocked, shocked do you hear…..

    okay, maybe not.