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NC Police Officer Charged After Shooting Unarmed Man

Charlotte- Mecklenburg police say they have charged an officer after he opened fire on an unarmed man. Police say the incident happened early Saturday, when  24 year old James A. Ferrell had been involved in a car wreck. They say he went looking for help in a nearby neighborhood. Authorities say after he knocked on the door of one house, apparently seeking help, the woman of that house called 911. When police arrived, they say they found Ferrell a short distance from the home. They say as they approached him Ferrell  ran toward the officers. One of them opened fire on him with a Taser. Police say he continued to run toward them, and that's when officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun, hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell died at the scene.  Police say their investigation showed  the shooting of Ferrell was excessive and that " Kerrick "did not have a lawful right to discharge his firearm during this encounter".

 Ferrell is a former Florida A&M football player. Police say Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter, which under North Carolina law involves killing without malice using excessive force in exercising "imperfect self defense".

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