(PRWEB) October 09, 2013
After shooting and killing an unarmed man, a North Carolina police officer faces charges of voluntary manslaughter.
According to CBS Chicago (9/16/2013), Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24 was involved in car accident and was seeking help at a nearby home. The woman answering the door didn't recognize him and immediately called 9-1-1.
Officers responded to the call and found Ferrell near the home. Ferrell ran towards the officers and they tried to stop him with a Taser, but he continued to run. Officer Randall Kerrick shot Ferrell several times, killing him at the scene.
After an internal police investigation, a police statement was released stating, "Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter." It was also found that the shooting was excessive.
Police Chief Rodney Monroe stated that Ferrell was driving his vehicle on northeast Charlotte road early on September 14 when he crashed into some trees. The accident caused so much damage that Ferrell had to climb out the back window to get out of the vehicle. It's unknown what caused the accident or whether Ferrell suffered any injuries due to the accident.
After walking nearly a half-mile, Ferrell was "banging on the door viciously," said Monroe. The woman living in the home believed it was her husband coming home from work late and opened the door. When she realized it wasn’t her husband she shut the door and called 9-1-1. This happened at about 2:30am, according to Monroe.
Monroe also stated that he didn’t think Ferrell made any attempt to rob the woman or threaten her in any way.
"This incident is an ugly matter and no amount of compensation or punishment can bring the victim back," stated Michael Steinger of Steinger, Iscoe and Greene. "Regardless, the families of the victims in these types of cases deserve some type of justice."
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