CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun 12 times during an encounter with an unarmed 24-year-old man early Saturday, hitting the man 10 times, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Monday.
Kerrick is accused of unlawfully shooting Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player who may have been seeking help after a car wreck. He was unarmed when he ran toward officers in the Bradfield Farms neighborhood in northeast Mecklenburg County.
CMPD spokeswoman Jessica Wallin said in a statement that Kerricks actions were excessive, adding that he did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.
As a result, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police took the rare step of charging one of their own with voluntary manslaughter after homicide investigators first detailed the case to top commanders, city staff said.
It was the first time in decades an officer had been charged with killing someone in the line of duty.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reiterates 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, said Wallin in a statement.
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