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Attorney: N.C. Officer's Shooting Was Justified

September 17, 2013  | 

Photo of Randall Kendrick courtesy of Mecklenburg County SO.
Photo of Randall Kendrick courtesy of Mecklenburg County SO.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer charged with manslaughter was justified when he shot and killed an unarmed man early Saturday, his attorney said Tuesday.

Lawyers representing Officer Randall Kerrick appeared in court Tuesday to answer the charges. A probable cause hearing was set for Oct. 7, reports the Associated Press.

Authorities have said Kerrick shot Jonathan Ferrell 10 times when he approached the officers seeking help after a car wreck. Officers attempted to use a TASER to stop Ferrell that was ineffectual.

On Monday, Ferrell's family members and NAACP representatives questioned whether race was a factor in the shooting of a black man by a white officer.

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Greg Meyer @ 9/17/2013 5:24 PM

Having worked on many civil suits and criminal cases involving police shootings, I will just point out that it is EXTREMELY unusual to arrest an officer just hours after an incident, before the investigation and prosecutor's review is done (usually takes months) or even the deceased subject's toxicology report is done (usually takes weeks). It will be interesting as time goes on what evidence is revealed that justifies (or undermines) this quick arrest. Few facts are known publicly at present. Right now, we're all just shooting in the dark.

John D. @ 9/17/2013 6:12 PM

Yes. This "officer" WAS shooting in the dark. Come on'... 10 rounds..? The training this officer received was either nonexistent or negligent.
Yes. I am a long-serving officer and have been in many situations that call for judgement and restraint.

rlb @ 9/17/2013 6:36 PM

why does the "RACE WORD " have to always show up ? it just makes me sick everytime someone is shot during a law enforcement shooting and the first thing comes out is white and black , lives where effected not colors ! we need to pray for all that are effected and not bring in the naacp !

Jim Van Gorder @ 9/17/2013 6:40 PM

John D. - As an "officer" then, you should know that you wait until ALL the facts are in before passing judgement. Since you do not work with the department of the officer in question, you do not know the level of training he received. You do not know if it was "nonexistent of negligent" These are baseless accusations heard from uninformed knee-jerk morons who usually have an ax to grind against any form of authority. I would expect more from "a long-serving officer"

Capt. Crunch @ 9/17/2013 6:55 PM

I don't think this violent crazy high on drugs suspect (Ferrell) was approaching the officer for help. I also know 10 rounds some times is not enough to stop a suspect high on drugs. The NAACP did they check to see if the suspect who sold Ferrell, the drugs was black. Lets look at the big picture.

Audrey @ 9/17/2013 7:40 PM

Why is race always brought up??
The race card is never going to go away when it keeps getting played. I'm sick of hearing about a white person shooting a black person or vice versa. Why can't ONLY the actions of the persons involved be looked at? Why does it matter what color their skin is?

Jelly @ 9/18/2013 4:24 AM

Well since it’s been asked, I’ll throw in my two cents. “Why is race always brought up?” It’s brought up because it stirs up controversy by making it seem like it is more than it really is. It sells newspapers, fills TV news airtime, gives opportunities for politicians to make themselves look good, gives activist’s face time and the lawyers at the NAACP get to file law suits. It really doesn’t have anything to do about the case, it’s just good business at the expense of others. Just look at the Zimmerman/Martin case. Regardless if you think Zimmerman was guilty or not, it doesn’t matter. Race was made out to be the real issues because it sells, and boy did the story sell……………..$$$

mike @ 9/18/2013 6:12 AM

I wish for once that these "long-serving" and "experienced" officers would not rush to judgement whenever the media proclaims a police shooting "not justified" and presents only their set of "facts" to back their story, especially the race-biting-type of shootings. I would think that someone who claims to be a police officer knows enough NOT to take the meida "facts" at face value. More than likely you are a greasy, donut-eating slob that has been rejected for any type of a law enforcement job.

tbow426 @ 9/18/2013 7:31 AM

Apparently it is OK to shoot an individual 1-2 times but 10 is excessive. BULL**** A handgun is a defensive weapon and is notorius for not putting an end to hostilities quickly. I do speak from experience since I have been on both ends of a shooting incident. Too many people (cops and prosecutors included) have seen too many movies and think a 180 grain bullet will throw a 200lb. man 20 feet backwards. Cannot happen! Saw a 150lb 19 year old absorb 7 solid torso hits of 40 cal and stand there still firing at us. Took a 300 grain 12ga slug to put him down. I took a round of 00 buck at 10 feet into the back of my vest and barely knew I had been hit. Adrenaline is a marvelous thing! I am the chief range officer and I teach my people to shoot multiple times. I also try my best to teach them to hit their target multiple times. I am old and slow but I can put 10 in the center ring in less than 2.5 seconds at 7 yards.

Pup @ 9/18/2013 9:17 AM

It would be nice to read most of the facts before making judgment. However, to comment about amount of rounds fired (10) not confirmed hits, there a science how the mind works when shooting at a moving person. Many facts come into play. Refer to Force Science.
As for the NCCAP, why do they make it a racial incident? They are so quick to judge a white man when a black is killed. Where are they when blacks kill the whites? SILIENCE!!! Society as a whole will never get rid of racism. The NAACP needs to look in the mirror and ask themselves how many of them are racist? They should practice what they preach.....

Chuck @ 9/18/2013 12:16 PM

responded to an armed robbery at a bar one time, suspects came out shooting. one of the bad guys took a full 00 buck shot (all 9 pellets dead center) and two .45 cal Hydra shock rounds (one actually split his heart in two) and he continued to fire and continued to run for a full 20 yards before his body realized he was dead. As far as I can tell that is nine .32 caliber rounds and two .45 caliber rounds which equals eleven rounds. Hmmm long serving officer john d, and I do believe we had plenty of training. in most of the training I have attended (been a cop since 1989) I do believe it is incorporated into the training that, the suspects actions will usually dictate my actions and or reactions. and you stop when the threat has been neutralized, not before.

Lenny @ 9/18/2013 5:21 PM

To all those discussing how many rounds, and sharing your anecdotal stories I have one question. Do all of your stories and comments have to do with completely innocent and unarmed people as well? You all say wait for all the "facts" to come out but have no problem in repeating and taking for gospel the sound bytes being repeated by his lawyer. How does one viciously knock on a door, and how can someone not come at you if you have him surrounded? The endless ways you apologists will bend fact, logic, and decency is pathetic.
@Capt. Crunch Wow!!
Can't wait for your racist, profanity laden, automatic weapon firing, Constitution misquoting, Leviticus misreferencing video to hit YouTube.
Keep licking windows and talking to sock puppets.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/19/2013 10:16 AM

I actually took the time to read every article and documents availble to the public. Nobody bothers to try to talk anymore, its always shoot first and ask questions later. Being unarmed with his hands in plain sight the victim was no threat to anyone and there was no need to have any weapons drawn. Seeing that there were a bunch of officers at the scene, I do not understand why they didnt just tackle the poor guy if they felt that affraid of him. There is a very good chance he had head injuries to start with from the accident and he was unable to understand the police officer's commands. Tasers rarely work on people with serious head injuries or body tramua caused by a traffic accident. This poor victim most likely could not see past the brillantly lit police car spot lights and may have had hearing injuries as well which are common with head injuries. The officer over reacted and was probably poorly trained on the subject of interviewing and interrorgating techniques. This one is a bad shoot every way a prudent man looks at it.

Chuck @ 9/19/2013 12:53 PM

Lenny is at it again, must have run out of his meds.

Chuck @ 9/19/2013 1:01 PM

IMA, apparently you are doing the very thing you are accusing others of,
hands in plain sight = no threat= really, and you know this how?

weapons drawn= and no threat= again , how do you know this, are you supposed to wait intil you are being shot at, why is it that the police are supposed to wait (in some opinions) until being attacked, down on the ground, shot before taking some kind of defensive actions?

he had head injuries and couldn't hear or understand the officers, or There was a very good chance that he intended to attack the officers (see how assumption works)

why didn't they just tackle him if they were afraid of him? huh.

Chuck @ 9/19/2013 1:05 PM


the poor guy probably couldn't see past the bright lights, and had hearing injuries, how can you even surmise that, how can you even pretend to know what was wrong with this guy? you can't however, you can surmise that the officer was poorly trained in the arts of interrogation and interviewing (during an attack is not really the time for an interview but.... and a prudent man will wait until all the facts, interview, interrogations, investigation is done before condemning, you seem to have the whole innocent until proven guilty thing bass ackaward here.

Chuck @ 9/19/2013 1:08 PM

If and when the investigation is complete and if it comes out that the officer did in fact do something wrong, then hold him accountable, accountable to the fullest. until then don't surmise, assume or pretend that you or anyone else can read minds or know what really happened, especially from miles away and from behind a keyboard while reading a news (and I use that term loosely for all news media) story.

House @ 9/19/2013 1:34 PM

listen up all you soft a$$ liberal types form California/NY and wherever else...the CHIEF of the department just announced that video confirmed the following: the cops told the dude to stop 3 times before/during he was shot. 2. the tazer that was deployed missed (because a moving target is very difficult to hit) 3. the dude was within striking distance to this cop that fired. check it out its on so that proves (before court at least) this officer being arrested was purely racial and politically based. and the NAACP is quickly involved imagine that! why are they never interested about other similar shootings that happen every day in this world? oh wait if the shootings not to their racial standards...they don't care! and neither does the media!

House @ 9/19/2013 1:35 PM

three times to stop...blues stay safe

House @ 9/19/2013 1:36 PM

three times to stop....blues stay safe

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