Police officer charged with manslaughter
Charlotte police say an officer who shot and killed an unarmed man has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.
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 Ofc. Randall Kerrick fired his weapon, hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said they think a wrecked car discovered down an embankment in nearby woods may have been driven by Ferrell, and detectives are trying to find out if he was trying to get help from the resident who called 911.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told a news conference that he didn't think Ferrell was trying to rob the woman.
"I don't believe threats were made," the chief said.
Officer Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter, and turned himself in Sunday.
Monroe also said he had spoken with Kerrick.
"He is pretty shook up," the chief said. "He's devastated."
Kerrick, who has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police since April 2011, and two other officers at the scene have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a probe into the shooting.