CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A partial grand jury has decided not to indict a police officer who shot and killed a man who was trying to ask for help.
Randall Kerrick was being charged with voluntary manslaughter after police say he shot and killed 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell last September.
He ended up knocking on a woman’s door.
That woman thought he was a robber and called 911.
Minutes later, officers arrived and Kerrick shot Ferrell 10 times.
According to WCNC, Kerrick was the least experienced of the officers who responded to the call.
The Charolette-Mecklenburg Police Department has spoken out in defense of Ferrell, saying the shooting was unlawful.
“The evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick and the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive,” police said in a statement. “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”
The case went before a partial panel for the charge of voluntary manslaughter.
The bill of indictment was returned and grand jury members say they don’t believe Kerrick feloniously killed Ferrell.
Instead, the jury asked the district attorney to file a lesser charge.
The state’s attorney general issued a statement saying he plans to resubmit the case to a full grand jury.