September 15th, 2013
02:19 AM ET

Man apparently seeking help killed by police

Police in North Carolina shot and killed a man running toward them Saturday morning - but he may have just been looking for help.

Officers responded to a 911 call of a suspicious man outside a woman's home in Charlotte.

The man had been knocking on her door repeatedly.

Police say that when they got there, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them.

One of the officers pulled out his stun gun, but it malfunctioned. Another officer then opened fire, police said.

Jonathan Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times.

He was unarmed.

Police now believe Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    if you can't run to the police who can you run to??? the police should be charged for the senseless murder of this man...this is proof that your local police department are trained every citizen an enemy and animal to be put down....when will society hold police officers accountable for their actions and start serving prison time for their negligence and unwarranted use of lethal force...since when running is a weapon?!?!?

    September 15, 2013 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alfonzo Flores

    The perp was acting crazy. Cops aren't perfect. I wouldn't want their job. Scratch one up for the "oops" catigory.

    September 15, 2013 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • red

      Alf, you're an idiot

      September 15, 2013 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
    • michael

      what if that oops was a member of your family friend.

      September 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Seems like there are a lot of "oops" going around in the law enforcement sector.

      What other job on earth can you kill someone on accident, say "oops" and return the next day for work?

      All three should be fired from the job immediately

      September 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rupert-surgeon general rear admiral

    @ rascal. He is being charged
    Never run at a policeman.
    Not healthy

    September 15, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • v

      are police that unstable that no one can run to them for help?

      September 15, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    "Oops category?" Are you outta your mind? Would you think there should be an oops category if he wer your son, brother, father or yourself? Sheesh!

    September 15, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ rupert, he isnt being charged because hes very dead! And how long does it take cops to determing he was unarmed? Good lord! Shot multiple times and was unarmed! Doesnt sound as if these officer have much common sense. Or if they do they dont use it much!

    September 15, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. rupert-surgeon general rear admiral

    @ chrissy. I was talking about the cop. Rascal complained that police should be held accountable.
    Well. He is. And he is very much alive

    September 15, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. rupert-surgeon general rear admiral

    @ chrissy. These?
    Only one cop shot. He turned in his badge
    U are right. Too much

    September 15, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. rupert-surgeon general rear admiral

    The other two cops didnt shoot.

    September 15, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Victoria

    Tragic and sad.

    September 15, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Apology to rupert deleted. Why??? 2nd, 3rd and 4th apology to rupert, blocked! WHY???

    September 15, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    You are correct only one cop shot his gun. Another cop tried to shoot his taser but it failed!

    September 15, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    A stun gun IS considered a taser, is it not?

    September 15, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. whoever

    Sentence all 3 cops to death. One for shooting, and the other two for failing to stop the third from shooting. Also, the whole department needs to be retrained on how to not resort to their guns first.

    September 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Barney Fife lives.

    September 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO

    Wsa he black? If he was black, we'll never hear the end of it. Right, Spike Lee et al? If he was white, it'll be forgotten tomorrow.

    September 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
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