Investigators say an unarmed man was shot 10 times by a Charlotte police officer.
Police said Monday that officer Randall Kerrick fired 12 times at 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell early Saturday while responding to a breaking and entering call. Ten of the bullets hit the former Florida A&M University football player.
Officers say Ferrell had been in a car wreck and sought help at a nearby house. A woman called authorities when she didn't recognize the man.
Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter. He is out on bond and expected in court Tuesday.
Ferrell's mother says she forgives the officer accused of shooting her son and is praying for him, but also says he should have never been hired if he could act so recklessly.
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A North Carolina police officer will appear in court to face a voluntary manslaughter charge in the shooting death of an unarmed man.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick has a first court appearance Monday morning.
The deadly encounter unfolded early Saturday after 24-year-old Jonathan A. Ferrell had apparently been in an automobile wreck.
He sought help at a nearby house, according to police. A woman answered the door and, when she didn't recognize the man, called 911.
Officers responding to the breaking and entering call found Ferrell nearby. Ferrell ran toward the officers, who tried to stop him with a Taser. Police said he continued to run toward them when Kerrick fired his gun, hitting Ferrell several times.
A police statement Saturday said the investigation showed the shooting was excessive.
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Florida A&M University says an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a police officer in North Carolina was a former football player at the school.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say 24-year-old Jonathan A. Ferrell had apparently been in a wreck and was seeking help at a nearby house early Saturday. A woman answered the door and called 911.
Officers found Ferrell a short distance from the home and as they approached him, Ferrell ran toward the officers and was hit with a Taser. Police say he continued to run toward them when officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun, hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell died at the scene.
FAMU Interim Athletic Director Michael Smith confirmed Sunday that Ferrell played the safety position in 2009-10.
Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.