Here is a strange story. A woman calls the cops on a man that she says was trying to break into her home. When the cops arrived, they saw Jonathan Ferrell was a block away. When they approached him, he was alleged to have charged at the police officer and the officer returned fire. Now the officer is being charged with excessive force.
Officer Randall Kerrick was served with a warrant around 8:20 p.m., said CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe. He was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $50,000 bond.
A statement from police said Kerrick used "excessive force" when he shot Jonathan Ferrell, 24, of Charlotte, multiple times.
Earlier, police said Ferrell had wrecked his car on Reedy Creek Road and run to a house in nearby Bradfield Farms for help.
Police said Ferrell had knocked on the door and the woman who lived in the home opened the door, thinking it was her husband returning from work, then closed it quickly when she realized it wasn’t.
She then called 911 to report a man was trying to break into her home.
Officer Kerrick, along with two other officers, responded and encountered Ferrell about a block from the home.
The statement from police said the initial encounter was "appropriate and lawful," but that Ferrell "did advance" on officer Kerrick before Kerrick shot him. Police did not detail whether words were exchanged, and public information officer Capt. Brian Cunningham said the case is still under investigation.
The statement said Officer Kerrick "did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon" at Ferrell.