Man shot, killed by NC officer was ex-FAMU player

Charlotte police officer charged with voluntary homicide

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Florida A&M University says an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a police officer in North Carolina was a former football player at the school.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say 24-year-old Jonathan A. Ferrell had apparently been in a wreck and to a nearby house early Saturday.

"To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said. "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.

Officers found Ferrell (pictured, left) a short distance from the home and as they approached him, Ferrell ran toward the officers and was hit with a Taser gun. Police say he continued to run toward them when officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun, hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell died at the scene.

Police found Ferrell's wrecked car nearby, indicating that he may have been trying to get help. The crash was so severe that authorities believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window, affiliate WBTV reported.

"It was a pretty serious accident," Monroe said.

Kerrick turned himself in on a charge of voluntary manslaughter.  Two other officers were placed on administrative leave.

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