Makeshift memorial created for man killed by officer

Makeshift memorial created for man killed by officer

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 7:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A makeshift memorial stands near the east Charlotte spot where an unarmed man was shot to death by a CMPD officer.

Balloons were placed in Jonathan Ferrell’s honor along Reedy Creek Road. He was shot and killed by officer Randall Kerrick Saturday after getting into a car accident.

Yesterday attorneys for Kerrick and Ferrell’s families spoke with NBC Charlotte.

"We’re going to allow this case to be tried in a court of law. However, we're confident that in the resolution of the case it will be found that Mr. Kerrick's actions were justified on the night in question," said Kerrick’s attorney Michael Greene.

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."

"I don't think this was panic, I think this was an opportunity I think some people are gun ho to shoot someone I think that's a feather in their cap I think he saw this as an opportunity to take a life and be justified in it," said the Ferrell's family attorney Chris Chestnut.
 
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 officer Kerrick 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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