Jonathan Ferrell Goes to Police For Help, Gets Killed

Officer Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of Jonathan Ferrell.

(CNN) -- Police in North Carolina shot and killed a man running toward them Saturday morning -- but he may have just been looking for help after a car wreck.

Officers responded to a "breaking and entering" 911 call at a home in Charlotte.

The homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly.

Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them.

One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was "unsuccessful." Another officer then opened fire, police said.

Officer Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of Jonathan Ferrell.

Jonathan Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times.

He was unarmed.

Police now believe Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car.

The crash

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Jonathan Ferrell

Ferrell was 24 and a former football player at Florida A&M University.

Police found a wrecked car nearby, indicating that he may have been trying to get help.

"It was a pretty serious accident," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told CNN affiliate WSOC.

The crash was so severe that authorities now believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window, affiliate WBTV reported.

He ran to the closest house for help.

The woman inside thought it was her husband.

"To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize," Monroe told WBTV. "She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm, called 911."

The man stood outside and "continued to attempt to gain the attention of the homeowner," a police statement said.

The shooting

There were three officers at the scene, but Kerrick was the only one to use a gun.

He fired several times, police said.

"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 another statement issued late Saturday night. "Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter. "

All three officers have been placed on paid leave.

A charge of voluntary manslaughter means the person used excessive force in self-defense, or carried out the act without intent to kill.

Police called the incident "unfortunate."

"It has devastated a family as well as caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety in our organization," a statement said.

The reaction

Friends expressed grief on social media, calling Ferrell a "brother" and demanding "justice."

He had at least one brother, Willie, who played with him at Florida A&M.

The university said it was "deeply saddened" at the loss. In a statement, Michael Smith, interim athletic director, said Ferrell played safety and was part of the 2010 championship team. "Our hearts and prayers go out to his family during their time of bereavement," Smith said.

Ferrell was engaged.

"We loved him. Our family loved him," his fiancee's mother told WSOC.

His 25th birthday would have been next month.

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Well, guess who else is a black male, 24 years old, a former football player, and fits the same description that got Jonathan Ferrell killed?

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  1. This just aches my heart. My heart goes out to his family.I’m sorry I’m just lost for words. I’m just totally tired of cops shooting first and asking questios later.Question to the woman who called the cops, if he trying to rob you why eould he knock…you RACIST! What happen to ” protect & ” serve… God bless the family!

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  2. I CANT BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE WHO FEEL LIKE THIS, WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT SOMEONE WHO KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR IS COMING TO HURT YOU? I KNOW YOU HAVEN’T REST SO EASY AT NIGHT, WHEN THAT MOMENT, THAT TIME WHEN IT ALL HAPPENED AT YOUR DOOR, A LIFE COULD’VE BEEN SAVED INSTEAD OF LOSS. WHAT IF THAT WAS YOUR SON?

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  3. Sonya,
    Now you are just being logical. Face it, COMMON SENSE is not something these people have!!!

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  4. This sounds sooooo odd. Why would you charge three cops? I doubt this happened. It makes no sense. Unless he was on pcp which there is no history of using this substance or any other. I think the pigs got the call that a Blackman tried to beak into a house which was a lie or misunderstanding at best. They saw him tasored him then killed him. Where do they find these pigs at, a damn kkk meeting?

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  5. If the pigs are so big and bad cant they fight with their hands? Three cops vs. one guy even if he played football back in the day. Just like John Witherspoon said in the movie “Friday” , the gun is not what makes you a man it’s these (as he holds up his fists) that make you a man.

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  6. Just because he was a face she did not recognise, she raised a kind of huge alarm that got an innocent man killed. I hope she is happy now, whoever she is. Seriously, do burglars knock before breaking in? It’s high time people got jail terms for raising such kinds of alarms. This is not the first time this is happening.

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  7. This is a very, very unjust killing; I am an investigator, who has been investigating unjust police shootings for several years. These officers are the KKK in BLUE. I have investigated many of these shootings, but there has never been a conviction. Also, I’m just referring to the Tidewater Virginia area.

    JWH

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