J-FerrellA police officer in Charlotte, NC is being charged with voluntary manslaughter for the excessive shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell.  Ferrell, an ex-football player at Florida A&M University, was shot and killed during his attempt to reach out to police for help after wrecking his car on a nearby street.

Officers responded to a “breaking and entering” 911 call at a home in Charlotte early on Saturday morning (September 14).

The homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly.  Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller’s description ran toward them.

One of the officers fired his stun gun, but was “unsuccessful.” Another officer proceeded to open fire on Ferrell.

Ferrell was unarmed and pronounced dead on the scene.

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