Officer accused of shooting unarmed man due in court

Officer Randall Kerrick (L) is accused of shooting and killing Jonathan Ferrell (R) on Saturday.

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 4:52 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 10:23 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A CMPD officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed man early Saturday is due in court today.

Officer Randall Kerrick is due in court Tuesday afternoon for a hearing on his voluntary manslaughter  charged – the first CMPD officer charged in a fatal shooting in more than 30 years.

Jonathan Ferrell was a former Florida A&M football player who was shot and killed by officer Kerrick while seeking help after a car accident early Saturday morning.
 
Police said Monday afternoon their investigation thus far revealed 12 shots were fired by officer Kerrick, 10 of which struck Ferrell.
 
Authorities added that their investigation has shown officer Kerrick did not have "a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter."
 
Police believe Ferrell wrecked his car on Reedy Creek Road around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, then banged on the door of a nearby home for help.  The woman in the home called police to report a man was trying to break in.
 
Police encountered Ferrell about a block away from the home, and one officer shot and killed Ferrell during the encounter.  Police said Ferrell was running towards officers.
 
Saturday evening, police charged officer Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter for the shooting.  He bonded out of custody by late Saturday night.

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