NC officer charged with shooting unarmed man

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer will appear in court to face a voluntary manslaughter charge in the shooting death of an unarmed man.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick has a first court appearance Monday morning.

The deadly encounter unfolded early Saturday after 24-year-old Jonathan A. Ferrell had apparently been in an automobile wreck.

He sought help at a nearby house, according to police. A woman answered the door and, when she didn't recognize the man, called 911.

Officers responding to the breaking and entering call found Ferrell nearby. Ferrell ran toward the officers, who tried to stop him with a Taser. Police said he continued to run toward them when Kerrick fired his gun, hitting Ferrell several times.

A police statement Saturday said the investigation showed the shooting was excessive.

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