CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating a shooting that involved an officer Saturday morning. The man that was killed has been identified as Jonathan Ferrell.
A woman called emergency personnel at 2:36 a.m. after a man knocked on door. The woman told officers she thought it was her husband coming home from work, but when she realized it wasn’t her husband she shut the door and called 911. The man continued to stand outside trying to get the woman’s attention.
When officers arrived they found a Ferrell near the woman’s home. The officers approached Ferrell in an attempt to investigate. Police said Ferrell ran towards the officers. Police officials said Officer Thornell Little tried to use a taser but it was unsuccessful. Ferrell continued to run towards Officer Randall Kerrick who shot several rounds, striking Ferrell multiple times. Ferrell was pronounced dead on the scene by medic.
The early investigation by CMPD shows that Ferrell was not armed with a weapon. CMPD believes a wrecked vehicle located down an embankment in the woods nearby could have been driven by Ferrell. Detectives are trying to determine of Ferrell was attempting to get assistance at the woman’s home.
Officer Kerrick, Officer Little and Officer Neal, who also responded to the call, have been put on Administrative Leave during the investigation as department protocol.