North Carolina police shot and killed a 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player who was attempting to get help after he was involved in a serious car accident.
Jonathan Ferrell knocked on the door of a home in northeast Charlotte at 2:30 a.m. When the homeowner answered the door she was frightened to learn “it was a person she did not know or recognize." She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm and called 911.
Charlotte police say when they arrived at the scene Ferrell “immediately charged towards the three officers, one in particular. That officer fired his weapon several times, striking individual multiple times.”
Ferrell died at the scene.
"The shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive," said a police statement, adding that "Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter."
Officer Randall Kerrick has since turned himself in on charges of voluntary manslaughter.
Police later found what they “believe to be the vehicle that belonged to the individual who was shot. It’s quite possible he was seeking assistance. Based on the accident, it was a pretty serious accident.”
Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Ferrell must have climbed out of the back window of his vehicle and sought help at the nearest house.
Authorities don’t believe alcohol played a part in the accident, although toxicology reports are expected to take several weeks.