CHARLOTTE, N.C. – An unarmed man seeking help after a car crash over the weekend was shot 10 times by the Charlotte police officer who’s now charged in his death, investigators said Monday.
The release of the information supporting the voluntary manslaughter charge came at the end of a day that also included the first public remarks by victim Jonathan Ferrell’s family. A family attorney and representatives of the NAACP questioned whether race played a role in the shooting of the black man by a white officer.
Ferrell’s family said the former Florida A&M University football player moved to Charlotte about a year ago to be with his fiancee and was working two jobs.
“You took a piece of my heart that I can never put back,” said Ferrell’s mother, Georgia Ferrell.
A police news release said Officer Randall Kerrick fired 12 times at Ferrell early Saturday while responding to a breaking and entering call, hitting him 10 times. Kerrick was scheduled for a first court appearance today on the voluntary manslaughter charge.
The encounter was set in motion around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when Ferrell’s car ran off the entrance road to a sprawling suburban neighborhood. After crashing his car into trees, Ferrell headed to the first set of houses he could see. He then started “banging on the door viciously” of a home to attract attention, police Chief Rodney Monroe said.
The woman inside answered, thinking it was her husband. When she saw Ferrell, she shut the door and called police.
Officers responding to the call found Ferrell on a road that only leads to the neighborhood’s pool. Ferrell ran toward the officers, who tried to stop him with a Taser. Police said he continued to run toward them when Kerrick shot him. Ferrell died at the scene.
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