Sunday, September 15, 2013

NC: Unarmed man, possibly looking for help after wreck, shot dead by police

Via Horace and Christina

Officer Randall Kerrick.

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.

A statement issued by police said officers responded to a breaking and entering call on the city's east side around 2:30 a.m. Someone had knocked on the door of a residence, and the homeowner opened the door, thinking it was her husband. When she discovered it wasn't, she closed the door and called 911.

When officers arrived, they found Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, a short distance from the home, and he matched a description given by the homeowner, police said.

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.

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  1. They say he continued running toward the police after being tasered?? Sounds unlikely.

  2. we all know the answer...but the truth is so horrible, we would have to act.....

  3. Too bad the "To Protect & Serve" motto has been replaced with paranoia where everyone is a threat. It would be interesting to see the ratio of mistaken police killings vs. The number of cops employed. However, I would bet the number would be skewed due to cover-ups.

    1. I would bet the number would be skewed due to cover-ups.