Shooting of Jonathan Ferrell

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Shooting of Jonathan Ferrell
DateSeptember 14, 2013
LocationCharlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
OutcomeHung jury, case will not be retried by Roy Cooper[1]
DeathsJonathan Ferrell
AccusedRandall Kerrick
ChargesVoluntary manslaughter
LitigationFerrell's family filed a lawsuit against the City of Charlotte; settled with $2.25 million

On September 14, 2013, Jonathan Ferrell, a 24-year-old former college football player for the Florida A&M University Rattlers, was shot and killed by police officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick in Charlotte, North Carolina.[2] Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter.


Ferrell was unarmed at the time he was shot.[3] He crashed his car, went to a house in the Bradfield Farms neighborhood and "banged on the door", The resident Sarah McCartney called the police, and three officers came.[4][5][6][7] Ferrell then ran towards them, whereupon one of the officers fired a taser at Ferrell and missed.[2] Kerrick then opened fire on Ferrell, shooting him twelve times and killing him.[2]

A toxicology test of Ferrell's blood showed he was not legally intoxicated.[7]

Legal proceedings[edit]

The day following the shooting, Officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter, and was released on $45,000 bail from jail. On January 21, 2014, a grand jury declined to indict Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter.[8] On January 27, a second grand jury did indict Kerrick on a voluntary manslaughter charge.[9] On August 21, 2015, a 26th District judge declared a mistrial in the case after the jury reached a deadlock, with eight jurors on one side and four on the other.[3] The Attorney General of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, said that the state would not re-try Kerrick.[4][5]

On May 14, 2015, the city of Charlotte settled a separate lawsuit with Ferrell's family for $2.25 million.[10][11]


On August 21, 2015, after the mistrial declaration, protesters took to the streets of Charlotte. Several areas of the city were shut down as a result, and two people were arrested.[12]

On October 2, 2015, Kerrick resigned from the police force.[4][5]


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  3. ^ a b Cooke, Christina (August 22, 2015). "Mistrial for officer and no justice for unarmed man: family vows to fight on". The Guardian. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Police officer accused in fatal shooting resigns from force". The Charlotte Observer. The Associated Press. October 8, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015.[dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "Police Officer Accused in Fatal Shooting Resigns From Force". BET. October 8, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Reuters (August 21, 2015). "Mistrial for Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Black Man in North Carolina". Newsweek. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Leland, Elizabeth (August 1, 2015). "The tragic path from a 911 call to a fatal confrontation". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Ford, Dana (January 21, 2014). "No indictment for Charlotte officer who shot Jonathan Ferrell". CNN. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  9. ^ McLaughlin, Eliott (January 27, 2014). "2nd grand jury indicts officer in shooting of ex-FAMU football player". CNN. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  10. ^ Gordon, Michael (May 14, 2015). "Charlotte settles with Jonathan Ferrell's family for $2.25 million in police shooting". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  11. ^ Post, The Washington (January 19, 2016). Lethal Force: The True Toll of Police Shootings in America. Diversion Books. ISBN 9781682303757.
  12. ^ "Two arrested during Kerrick trial protests in Charlotte". WTVD. August 21, 2015.