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Saturday 26 July 2014

Police shot unarmed man 10 times

Published 16/09/2013|22:56

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Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick in Charlotte (AP/Florida A&M University)
Police officer Randall Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter (AP/Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators say an unarmed man was shot 10 times by a Charlotte police officer.

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Police said officer Randall Kerrick fired 12 times at 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell on Saturday morning while responding to a breaking and entering call.

Ten of the bullets hit the former Florida A&M University football player.

Officers say Mr Ferrell had been in a car crash and sought help at a nearby house.

A woman called authorities when she did not recognise the man.

Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter. He is out on bond and expected in court on Tuesday.

Mr Ferrell's mother says she forgives the officer accused of shooting her son and is praying for him, but also says he should never have been hired if he could act so recklessly.

A family lawyer and NAACP representatives have questioned whether race played a role in the shooting of the black man by a white officer.

Mr Ferrell's family said he moved to Charlotte about a year ago to be with his fiancee and was working two jobs.

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