Prosecutors will seek an indictment against a North Carolina police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man 10 times in September. 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell died after seeking help from a resident of a nearby house after a car accident.
Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the Sept. 14 shooting of the former Florida A&M University football player.
The North Carolina Attorney General’s office said in a statement the case against Kerrick, who was suspended after the shooting, will go before a grand jury on January 21. Prosecutors reached their decision after investigations by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation, the statement said.
According to police, Ferrell, who was black, walked to a nearby house in a predominantly white neighborhood for help after a car wreck. A woman who answered the door at the house thought Ferrell was a burglar and called police saying he began knocking on her front door. After she called police, three officers, including Kerrick showed up to the scene.
Kerrick fired 12 shots, striking Ferrell 10 times. He told authorities that Ferrell lunged at him in a threatening manner. Ferrell’s family is expected to announce plans to file a civil suit on Tuesday against Kerrick and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
The case will go before a grand jury on Jan. 21.
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