Early Saturday morning 27-year-old Police Officer Randall Kerrick shot and killed unarmed 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell. Ferrell was a former football player at Florida A&M and the school says that they are "saddened" by the incident.
The Ferrell family ask nobody try to do n interview with nobody about my brother Jon just pray for us n give us peace n let us get past this
— Willie Ferrell (@_ABRAFO) September 14, 2013
Here is what you need to know:
1. Ferrell Got into a Car Accident
Ferrell got into a terrible car accident in the Bradfield Farms section of Charlotte, North Carolina, early saturday morning. Judging by the state of the vehicle, which you can see above, police now believe that Ferrell likely had to climb out a back window of his car in order to escape.
It is still undetermined if Ferrell had been injured in the accident or if potential injuries (such as a concussion) could have played a role incident that ended in his life later that day.
2. He Ran to the First House for Help
After Ferrell escaped from the car, police believe he ran to the first house he could find for help.
Ferrell arrived at the house of a woman who believed the person knocking on her door was her husband. Local Police Chief Rodney Monroe said that when the woman opened her door, "To her surprise it was a person she did not know or recognize. She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm and called 911"
She apparently reported an attempted breaking and entering, according to CNN.
3. Police Say Ferrell 'Charged' Them
Shortly after the 911 call, three police officers arrived on the scene and quickly located a man that, "fit the description" given to them by the woman who had called the police.
Police chief Monroe said, "He immediately charged towards the three officers, one in particular. That officer fired his weapon several times, striking the individual multiple times."
CNN also reports that a stun gun was fired at Ferrel, "unsuccessfully."
4. Randall Kerrick Is in Custody
Randall Kerrick, a 27-year-old police officer was arrested later that day and charged with voluntary manslaughter and the two other police on the scene were put on administrative leave while the investigation continues, according to local news station WSOC.
The police department put out this statement following Kerrick's arrest,
This is a very unfortunate incident and it has devastated a family as well as caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety in our organization. However we must always strive to bring forth all facts and evidence in every case to determine when it is appropriate to place criminal charges against a member of the department.
5. His Bail is Set at $50,000
Kerrick turned himself in Saturday evening and is being held, as of Sunday morning, on a $50,000 bail.