Charlotte, NC - The decision by a Charlotte police officer to shoot and kill an unarmed black man is not consistent with departmental training, a police captain testified Tuesday.
Captain Mike Campagna said from the witness stand that given Jonathan Ferrell's level of resistant, the use of a non-deadly tactic would have been consistent with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department training guidelines. Campagna's work duties include evaluating officer's decisions. He said officers are taught to turn away from quickly approaching suspects.
In a recorded interview with investigators played in the courtroom earlier this week, Officer Randall Kerrick said he was backing up but Ferrell kept coming toward him, and that’s when he fired at Ferrell:
“The only other option would have been for me to turn around and run, and he was coming at me, and he was not letting up," Kerrick said in the video interview,
Kerrick said he is not sure if Ferrell pushed him or grabbed at him, but he fell on the ground with Ferrell at his feet. At that point, Kerrick said he saw Ferrell was not holding anything in his hands. Kerrick saw Ferrell crawling on him and he described feeling ‘a jerk’ at his own gun.
“My only fear when I was on the ground is that he was going to get my gun, shoot me with it," Kerrick said on the tape.
Investigators say Kerrick fired 12 times, hitting Ferrell ten times. The shots can be heard in a dashcam video released last week.
Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report