CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released the 911 call from the officer involved shooting that left an unarmed man dead.
Click HERE to hear the 911 call (http://www.wccbcharlotte.com/911-calls/Officer-Involved-Shooting.mp3).
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Officer Randall Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter after he shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell on Saturday. Evidence revealed that Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick however authorities say the officer did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon.
Detectives say the investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick fired his weapon 12 times and struck Mr. Ferrell 10 times resulting in his death. The fact that Officer Kerrick discharged his weapon and that Mr. Ferrell was unarmed were some of the factors included in the decision to charge Officer Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter police say.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released an earlier statement saying “that this is a very unfortunate incident and it has devastated a family as well as caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety in our organization”.
On Saturday, police say they received a breaking and entering call at a home on Reedy Creek Road. A woman said she had called 911 after a male subject had knocked on her front door. The woman said she opened the front door, believing it was her husband coming home from work. Once she realized it was not her husband, she immediately closed the door and called 911.
Investigators believe Ferrell was trying to get help after wrecking his car on Reedy Creek Road. Police say, Ferrell stood outside the door for awhile and continued to attempt to gain the woman’s attention.
When officers arrived they discovered Ferrell a short distance from the caller’s home matching the description provided by the 911 caller. Upon the officers exiting their vehicles Mr. Ferrell immediately ran toward the officers. Officer Thornell Little deployed his taser at Ferrell but it was unsuccessful. Investigators revealed that Mr. Ferrell continued to run towards Officer Randall Kerrick, who had his service weapon drawn. Officer Kerrick discharged several rounds striking Mr. Ferrell multiple times. Mr. Ferrell was pronounced deceased on scene by medic.