CHARLOTTE—A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer is charged in Saturday’s shooting death of an unarmed man.
CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe announced last night that police had signed a warrant and would be charging Officer Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter after they say he unlawfully fired his weapon, killing 24 year-old Jonathan Ferrell, when they believe ferrell was just seeking help after crashing his car.
Kerrick had been on the CMPD force since 2011.
Police say he fired at Ferrell, killing the former Florida A&M football player, after responding to a call of an unknown man at a house on Reedy Creek Road.
Police say they believe Ferrell crashed his car early Saturday on Reedy Creek and ran to the nearest house for help. A woman in the home heard pounding and opened the door for thinking it was her husband. When she saw a person she didn't recognize, she called 911.
Three officers responded to the call and police say Ferrell charged at them. One of the officers tried to tase Ferrell, and couldn't. Police say Ferrell continued to approach the officers and that's when Kerrick fired multiple times. Ferrell was pronounced dead on the scene.
At a press conference last night, Monroe expressed his condolences to Ferrell's family and announced the charges against Kerrick.
“It is with a heavy heart, significant regrets that it has come to this,” Monroe said in yesterday’s press conference. “But I believe that the investigation throughout the day, following the facts and the evidence as it presented itself led to this.”
Now in the hours following news of Ferrell death, friends and family took to social media expressing shock and sadness over the death of the young man who would've turned 25 next month.
The other two officers who were with Kerrick at the time of the shooting but didn't fire their weapons remain on administrative leave pending a CMPD investigation, which the department says is standard procedure