September 18th, 2013
12:57 PM ET

Police Officer Kills Unarmed Man With 10 Shots

Authorities admit an unarmed man had just survived a car crash and was looking for help when a North Carolina police officer shot him ten times. CNN's Alina Machado reports.

Charlotte, North Carolina, police believe ex-FAMU football player Jonathon Ferrell came to a house looking for help after surviving a car crash at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday when the woman inside panicked and called 911.

911 CALL

Caller:  I need help!

Dispatcher:  Where are you at?

Caller: There's a guy breaking in my front door.

Dispatcher: There's a guy breaking in your front door?

Caller: He's trying to kick it down.

The homeowner pleads for help but police say Ferrell was unarmed when he approached the three officers who responded.

One of the officers used a taser trying to subdue the man but was unsuccessful.

That's when police say Officer Randall Kerrick fired twelve shots and ten hit the man killing him.

Chris Chestnut, the family's attorney, says, "You can see, you can tell he's unarmed. You can tell he approaches the officers and you can see two dots – laser beams in the center of his chest, and then it gets excited, and he's like, wait, wait, wait, and he's coming forward saying, stop, and he goes off camera, and you just hear shots…one, two, three, four...one, two, three, four, five, six,...  one, two."

Police say Officer Kerrick told investigators right after the shooting, "The suspect assaulted him by unknown means" and he had "apparent minor injuries" but refused treatment.

Officials say the shooting was "excessive" and have charged Kerrick with felony voluntary manslaughter.  The officer is free on bond and no trial date has been set.

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