27 year-old North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick (right) was charged with voluntary manslaughter on Saturday after police say he fatally shot a man who had apparently just survived a car crash in Charlotte and was looking for help. Kerrick was released on $50,000 bond.
Jonathan Ferrell, a 24-year-old former Florida A&M University football player, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene early Saturday morning. Ferrell was unarmed. Ferrell family attorney Chris Chestnut said a video of the shooting recorded by a dash cam on one of the patrol cars shows that Kerrick fired four shots, then paused. Moments later, the officer fired six more rounds and paused again before firing the last two shots.
“The shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive,” the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement. “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”
According to police, Ferrell crashed his vehicle into the woods, climbed out of his car and walked a half-mile to the nearest house. He began “banging on the door viciously,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Chief Rodney Monroe said. said. Alcohol was not a factor in the car crash, cops noted.
Ferrell’s family stated he moved to Charlotte about a year ago to be with his fiancee and was working two jobs. He wanted to go back to school and eventually become an automotive engineer. He had no criminal record.