About 2:30 a.m., three Hickory Grove division officers responded to the call – Kerrick, 27, who’s been an officer since April 2011; Thornell Little, who joined the department in April 1998; and Adam Neal, who’s been an officer since May 2008.
They encountered Ferrell a short distance from the home, police said.
As the officers got out of their car, “Mr. Ferrell immediately ran toward the officers,” according to a police statement. It said Ferrell moved toward Kerrick.
Little fired his Taser, but police said it was unsuccessful.
Police said Kerrick fired “several” rounds, striking Ferrell “multiple times.” He died at the scene.
Nineteen hours later, police announced that Kerrick had been charged with voluntary manslaughter.
A source close to the investigation said there is at least some “dash cam” video footage of the incident.
Suspended in December
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of an unarmed man early Saturday served a one-day suspension last year, records obtained by the Observer show.
Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, was arrested Saturday night and released soon after under $50,000 bond.
The Hickory Grove officer was suspended for eight hours in December. The records do not list the reason for the suspension.
Kerrick, a third-year officer, joined CMPD in 2011, officials said. He graduated from the academy in October 2011.
Records show that he worked as an animal care and control officer before becoming a police training recruit. His first employment date is listed as March 2010.
Kerrick’s annual salary is $44,482. He lives in Midland, east of Charlotte, in Cabarrus County.
The mother of a 24-year-old man who was shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer early Saturday in northeast Charlotte said Monday that her son Jonathan was “a good man” who had come to Charlotte to further his education and improve his life.
“I expected my son to bury me, not for me to bury him,” Georgia Ferrell said during a late-morning news conference, adding that her son was “a great guy, a very successful man.”
And Christopher Chestnut, the Florida-based attorney representing the family, said he has questions about what he said was a “shoot-first, ask-questions-later” policy by Randall Kerrick, the CMPD officer accused of shooting Jonathan Ferrell to death.
“We will look exhaustively as to why he was on the force,” Chestnut said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police took the rare step Saturday of charging one of their own with voluntary manslaughter in the case. Experts said they were surprised how quickly charges were brought against Kerrick, the first CMPD officer in decades to be charged with killing someone in the line of duty.
With growing national and international attention in the case, Georgia Ferrell, along with her son Willie, and Chestnut appeared before the media in Charlotte’s uptown, saying they met earlier in the day with CMPD officials and expected to meet later Monday with Chief Rodney Monroe.
Meanwhile, Charlotte’s chapter of the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina planned an early-afternoon news conference to discuss the case.
The ACLU called Monday for the City of Charlotte to reform the Citizens Review Board, which is assigned the task of reviewing police actions.