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NC Man Seeking Help After Car Accident Had No Warning Before Cops Fired, Says Attorney

Around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday September 14, Jonathan Ferrell crashed a Toyota Camry in a rural neighborhood outside Charlotte, NC.  He had to bust out the rear window to exit the car. He lost his shoes. He walked about a half mile to a house and tried to get the attention of the occupant. However, the woman in the house became scared when she saw him. She called 911. The 911 call was released yesterday.

Officer Randall Kerrick along with Officers Thornell Little and Adam Neal responding to the 911 call pulled up near the house. Then, according to Ferrell family attorney Chris Chestnut, Ferrell approached the officers with his arms extended to demonstrate he meant no harm. The officers attempted to stop Ferrell by discharging a Tazer, but it did not work. That’s when the shooting allegedly started. Chestnut claims the dashcam video demonstrates that Kerrick fired 12 shots before commanding Ferrell to “get down.”

“By the time they stop shooting, then they start saying, ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground.’ He had already been shot,” Chestnut told The Charlotte Observer.

Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player, died at the scene. He had recently moved to Charlotte and was unarmed. There is no indication that alcohol was involved in the crash.

An attorney retained by Kerrick maintains that the decision to shoot was legal. Kerrick is charged with a voluntary manslaughter and is currently free on $50,000 bail.

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