A Charlotte police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man this weekend who was searching for help after getting into a severe car accident.
CNN reports that former Florida A&M football player Jonathan Ferrell (24) crashed his vehicle early Saturday morning and then frantically approached a nearby home for assistance.
But the old woman who answered the door became frightened when she didn’t know the man outside of her door and called the police. When the officers arrived, Ferrell approached them to ask for help only to be shot several times.
Ferell, who was visibly panicked and shaken by the accident, died on the scene.
“It was a pretty serious accident,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told CNN.
The young man had to climb out of the back window of the car before he set out in search of assistance.
Randall Kerrick, the officer who shot Ferell, was charged with voluntary manslaughter, a term that implies the killing was done in self-defense.
The officer said that Ferell, whom he thought was attempting to break into the woman’s house, ran toward him. After Ferell refused to heed his warning to stay back, the officer drew his weapon and fired.
Police were originally called to the scene when the woman first noticed a stranger on her property.
“To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize,” said Chief Monroe. “She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm, called 911.”
Ferell, disoriented after the traumatic accident, was merely trying to get the officer’s attention and explain to him what happened.
The police department said the shooting “devastated a family as well as caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety in our organization.”
All three officers who responded to the 911 call have been placed on paid leave.
“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 a statement. “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter. “
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