N.C. police officer Randall Kerrick shot ex-football player 10 times

8:16 PM, Sep 16, 2013   |    comments
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter charge for the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player. (Photo: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department/AP)
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An unarmed former Florida A&M football player killed early Saturday by a North Carolina officer was shot 10 times, police said Monday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick gunned down Jonathan A. Ferrell while responding to an alleged break-in. Police said the 24-year-old Ferrell walked about a half-mile after surviving a serious car crash and was seeking help at a home about 2:30 a.m. The homeowner call 911.

Officers reported that Ferrell ran toward them and did not stop after being shot with a Taser. The 27-year-old Kerrick fired 12 rounds, hitting Ferrell 10 times, with several bullets hitting him in the chest.

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Kerrick, who joined the force in April 2011, was charged with voluntary manslaughter and freed on $50,000 bond. He is due in court Tuesday.

Police initially called Kerrick's actions "appropriate and lawful" but later Saturday determined that the shooting was "excessive" and that Kerrick "did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter." A police statement Monday reiterated the subsequent findings.

"The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reiterates that this is a very unfortunate incident and it has devastated a family as well as caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety in our organization," the statement said.

At a morning news conference, Ferrell's mother said she has forgiven Kerrick.

"I just hope he gets off the force," Georgia Ferrell said, the Charlotte Observer reported.

"He took a piece out of my heart that can never be put back," she added. "A piece of me is gone."

She described her son as "a great guy, a very successful man" who had moved to Charlotte to continue his education and improve his life. He was working two jobs, at Dillard's and Best Buy, and was recently engaged to be married.

Ferrell played safety for FAMU during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Family attorney Christopher Chestnut questioned whether race was a factor in the shooting.

"The officer is white, Mr. Ferrell is black," he said. "This might be more of a reflection of where we are as a country."

He added, however, that "violence in this country ... might be the real issue here."

 

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