The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has released the tape of the 911 call made by a woman who thought former Florida A &M football Jonathan Ferrell was breaking into her home just moments before he was shot and killed by police.
The police officer who fired 12 times—hitting the unarmed Ferrell 10 times—is Randall Kerrick, who has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Police say Ferrell, 24, had wrecked his car and walked about a half-mile to a nearby home in search of help. When he knocked on the door the woman at the house—who was expecting her husband—thought he was a burglar. She closed her door and called 911.
Chris Chestnut, the attorney for the Ferrell family, told the Charlotte Observer that he viewed the police dashboard cam video of the incident and said Ferrell held up his arms to show police he didn’t have a weapon. When Ferrell ran out of camera range, the shots started. Here’s how Chestnut described the pattern of shots he heard:
“It’s one, two, three, four – pause. One, two, three, four, five, six – pause. One, two.”
Ferrell played football for two seasons at Florida A&M where he was a safety. The Charlotte Observer reports that after leaving Tallahassee Ferrell moved to Charlotte, where he was working two jobs.