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Patrol Car Video at Center of N.C. Police Shooting

September 19, 2013  | 

Photo of Randall Kerrick courtesy of Mecklenburg County.
Photo of Randall Kerrick courtesy of Mecklenburg County.
Attorneys have given varying interpretations of patrol car video footage that captured the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer.

Attorneys representing Officer Randall Kerrick said Wednesday that the footage shows Jonathan Ferrell advancing toward the officer with his hands concealed. Ferrell ignored three commands to, "Get on the ground," said George Laughrun. The officer's attorney has called the fatal shooting of Ferrell justified.

Officer Kerrick fired 12 shots at Ferrell early Saturday as the 24-year-old came toward the officer apparently seeking help after a car wreck. Ferrell had banged on the door of a residence, causing a woman living there to call 911 to report a possible break in.

The Ferrell family attorney has given a different account of the video that Laughrun. Chris Chestnut said the dash-cam footage shows shots were fired before any warnings or commands were given, reports the Charlotte Observer.

The agency has not released the patrol car video for public viewing. However, the 911 call from the home has been released and can be heard here.

On Thursday, Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray asked the North Carolina Attorney General's Office to prosecute the case against the officer, who has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, reports The Observer.

Tags: Officer-Involved Shootings, Patrol Car Video, Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD, 911 Calls


Comments (4)

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Jack Mehoff @ 9/20/2013 1:31 PM

I sure hope that the husband slaps the shit out of his wife for acting like a whiny little child. We aint in Kansas anymore people. Anyone that does not believe that this can't/won't happen to them is already a statistic. You are a fool if you do not have some type of plan in your home.

S.S. @ 9/21/2013 7:37 AM

This is unfortunate in all the people involved. It didn't have to go down like this. But there are still a lot of facts that haven't been presented yet. Such as subjects demeanor, was he drunk, high or both. This is a very hard profession and we as officers have to deal with the fact that this someday could happen to us. We need to be fast thinkers and fast acting as well.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/21/2013 3:21 PM

When the woman opened the door for the suspect he (the suspect) did not ask for help and the woman told the dispatcher the suspect has a gun. If I'm, running towards some one and they point a gun at me I will stop running I don't need to hear any commands to stop running. But then again I'm, sober and not crazy. The officer did the right thing.

Richard M. @ 10/29/2013 2:28 PM

12 rounds shot by an LEO at a suspect?? Someone needs more handgun training.

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