An ex college football player by the name of Jonathan Ferrell had survived a car wreck over the weekend when he went searching for help in the middle of the night, in North Carolina.
Ferrell, 24, who played for Florida A&M University in 2009 and 2010, sought help at a nearby residency after the crash. A startled woman answered his knock, thinking it was her husband returning home late from work. When she realized she did not know who the man was, she called 911.
Officers who responded to the “breaking and entering” call, spotted Ferrell and approached him not far from the home. Ferrell ran towards the police before officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun, wounding him several times.
Ferrell died at the scene.
After further investigation and a statement released late Saturday night, it was declared that the gunning down of Ferrell was “excessive” by Kerrick, who “did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”
The officer at fault is being charged with voluntary manslaughter. Under North Carolina law, this involves killing without malice using “excessive force” in exercising “imperfect self-defense.”
During a sit-down on Live CNN (video below), Georgia Ferrell spoke on behalf of her son.
Jonathan was a very happy, outgoing person. All my kids are good kids, but Jonathan was so loving… We were sitting there trying to think of something bad about him, but there was nothing we could think of. I can’t even think of something bad he did as a child.
Ferrell was also engaged.
Kerrick’s first appearance court hearing is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16. Check out more of CNN’s coverage in the video clip below.