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North Carolina Charlotte cop Randall Kerrick shoots motorist Jonathan A. Ferrell running for help after accident

Discussion in 'Incidents of Police Abuse, Misconduct, Negligence' started by M, Sep 15, 2013.

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    Randall Kerrick, trigger-happy cop

    Murder victim Jonathan A. Ferrel shot by
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick​

    Victim: Jonathan A. Ferrell

    Perp: Randall Kerrick

    Department: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

    Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

    The good news is that the trigger-happy cop has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

    CBS News: Unarmed man, possibly looking for help after wreck, shot by police (Sept 14 2013)

    An unarmed man who may have been looking for help after a vehicle wreck was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday as he ran toward him, police said. The officer was later charged with voluntary manslaughter.


    The statement said officers approached Ferrell to investigate the original call. Ferrell ran toward the officers and was hit with a Taser. Ferrell continued to run toward police when Officer Randall Kerrick fired his weapon, hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Investigators said they think a wrecked car discovered down an embankment in nearby woods may have been driven by Ferrell, and investigators say he may have been trying to get help from the resident who called 911.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2014
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    Published on Sep 15, 2013

    Police Kill Unarmed Jonathan Ferrell Former Football Player Just Needed Help After Car Crash. 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. 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

    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, another 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

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    MSNBC: Jonathan Ferrell’s autopsy results spark suit (Jan 14 2014)

    The lawsuit comes after autopsy results show that most of the bullets that hit Ferrell the night he was killed struck him with a downward trajectory, suggesting that he may have been on his knees or on the ground. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick fired a dozen shots at him, according to the family. Ferrell was hit with 10 of those bullets and died on that early morning last September in Charlotte, not long after crashing his car along a dark, rural road.

    [And apparently the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has not been forthcoming with the evidence regarding the murder of Jonathan A. Ferrell:]

    The lawsuit names Kerrick, Police Chief Rodney Monroe, the city and county as defendants. In filing the suit, the family is seeking monetary damages, but their attorneys say they also plan to use their subpoena power to force the department to hand over evidence and records that have been kept from the family, including dash-cam video that captures much of the shooting.

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