The 911 call placed moments before 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed has been released.
Ferrell died on Saturday while seeking help after being involved in a car accident.
The unarmed former FAMU football player was shot 10 times by Police Officer Randall Kerrick, and the incident has sparked national debate.
On the 911 tape released by the city, the woman tells a dispatcher that she thought her husband had returned home around 2:30 a.m. But when she opened the door, a man tried to get in. Sobbing and trying to catch her breath, the woman asked the dispatcher: “Where are the cops?” The dispatcher tried to calm her down, repeating over and over that they were on the way. He also asked her to describe the man. She told him he was black, about 210 pounds and wearing a green shirt. At one point, the woman told the dispatcher about her baby. “He’s in his bed. I don’t know what to do. I can’t believe I opened the door…Please don’t let him get my baby,” she cried. When police arrived at the scene, she peeked out her window. And when the officers began looking for a man, the dispatcher assured the woman they weren’t leaving.
Officer Kerrick and two other officers reported to the scene, finding Ferrell just a few yards away from the resident’s home.
Ferrell ran towards the officers and died at the scene after being tased and shot.
Ferrell’s family attorney along with representatives of the NAACP have questioned whether race played a role in the shooting.
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