Jonathan Ferrell, Ex College Football Player Killed By Cop: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Police Kill Unarmed Jonathan Ferrell Former Football Player Just Needed Help After Car CrashPolice Kill Unarmed Jonathan Ferrell Former Football Player Just Needed Help After Car Crash. Police in North Carolina shot and killed a man running toward them Saturday morning — but he may have just been looking for help after a car wreck. Officers responded to a "breaking and entering" 911 call at a home in Charlotte. The homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly. Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them. One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was "unsuccessful." Another officer then opened fire, police said. Jonathan Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times. He was unarmed. Police now believe Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car. The crash Ferrell was 24 and a former football player at Florida A&M University. Police found a wrecked car nearby, indicating that he may have been trying to get help. "It was a pretty serious accident," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told CNN affiliate WSOC. The crash was so severe that authorities now believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window, another affiliate WBTV reported. He ran to the closest house for help. The woman inside thought it was her husband. "To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize," Monroe told WBTV. "She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm, called 911." The man stood outside and "continued to attempt to gain the attention of the homeowner," a police statement said. The shooting Police have charged Officer Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter — a felony. He turned himself in Saturday afternoon and was being held early Sunday on a $50,000 bond. Police used "charged" and "ran" and "advanced" in their description of what Ferrell did. There were three officers at the scene, but Kerrick was the only one to use a gun.He fired several times, police said. "The evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick and the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive," police said in another statement issued late Saturday night. "Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter. " All three officers have been placed on paid leave. A charge of voluntary manslaughter means the person used excessive force in self-defense, or carried out the act without intent to kill. Police called the incident "unfortunate." "It has devastated a family as well as caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety in our organization," a statement said. The reaction Friends expressed grief on social media, calling Ferrell a "brother" and demanding "justice." He had at least one brother, Willie, who played with him at Florida A&M. Ferrell was also engaged. "We loved him. Our family loved him," his fiance's mother told WSOC. His 25th birthday would have been next month.2013-09-15T11:41:05.000Z

Early Saturday morning 27-year-old Police Officer Randall Kerrick shot and killed unarmed 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell. Ferrell was a former football player at Florida A&M and the school says that they are “saddened” by the incident.

Here is what you need to know:


1. Ferrell Got into a Car Accident

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A picture of Ferrell’s car.

Ferrell got into a terrible car accident in the Bradfield Farms section of Charlotte, North Carolina, early saturday morning. Judging by the state of the vehicle, which you can see above, police now believe that Ferrell likely had to climb out a back window of his car in order to escape.

It is still undetermined if Ferrell had been injured in the accident or if potential injuries (such as a concussion) could have played a role incident that ended in his life later that day.


2. He Ran to the First House for Help

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Ferell, from his Instagram.

After Ferrell escaped from the car, police believe he ran to the first house he could find for help.

Ferrell arrived at the house of a woman who believed the person knocking on her door was her husband. Local Police Chief Rodney Monroe said that when the woman opened her door, “To her surprise it was a person she did not know or recognize. She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm and called 911”

She apparently reported an attempted breaking and entering, according to CNN.


3. Police Say Ferrell ‘Charged’ Them

Shortly after the 911 call, three police officers arrived on the scene and quickly located a man that, “fit the description” given to them by the woman who had called the police.

Police chief Monroe said, “He immediately charged towards the three officers, one in particular. That officer fired his weapon several times, striking the individual multiple times.”

CNN also reports that a stun gun was fired at Ferrel, “unsuccessfully.”


4. Randall Kerrick Is in Custody

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Randall Kerrick, Mugshot.

Randall Kerrick, a 27-year-old police officer was arrested later that day and charged with voluntary manslaughter and the two other police on the scene were put on administrative leave while the investigation continues, according to local news station WSOC.

The police department put out this statement following Kerrick’s arrest,

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. However we must always strive to bring forth all facts and evidence in every case to determine when it is appropriate to place criminal charges against a member of the department.


5. His Bail is Set at $50,000

Kerrick turned himself in Saturday evening and is being held, as of Sunday morning, on a $50,000 bail.