911 tape released in shooting of unarmed man

Jonathan Ferrell is seen in an undated photo provided by Florida A&M University.

The unidentified woman kept repeating, "Oh, my god! Oh, my god!" throughout the call, which was released Tuesday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A sobbing woman pleads for police to "please hurry" because a man is breaking into her front door during a 911 call recorded moments before a responding officer shot and killed an unarmed man outside.

The unidentified woman kept repeating "Oh, my god! Oh, my god!" throughout the call, which was released Tuesday. She also told the 911 operator that she had a baby in a crib and didn't know what to do. Later, she said the man knocked on her door, and "he's in my front yard yelling."

Authorities said Jonathan A. Ferrell was shot 10 times by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer after being involved in a single-car wreck. Police have said Ferrell may have been seeking help and made no verbal threats to the woman.

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Officer Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter. His lawyers were in court Tuesday for a first appearance on the charge. Kerrick, 27, did not attend. The judge scheduled an Oct. 7 probable cause hearing for Kerrick.

After the hearing, defense attorney Michael Greene declined to take questions but said of Kerrick: "His actions were justified on the night in question."

Kerrick joined the police force after working as an animal control officer. He grew up in nearby Cabarrus County.

Kerrick and two other officers responding to the breaking and entering call found Ferrell on a road that only leads to the neighborhood's pool. Ferrell ran toward the officers, who tried to stop him with a Taser. Police said he continued to run toward them when Kerrick shot him. Ferrell died at the scene.

A Ferrell family attorney and representatives of the NAACP have questioned whether race played a role in the shooting. Ferrell is black, while Kerrick is white. Though there was praise for police for quickly filing charges, some said the shooting didn't surprise them, considering portrayals of black men in popular culture and previous instances of racially inflected violence

On the 911 tape released by the city, the woman tells a dispatcher that she thought her husband had returned home around 2:30 a.m. But when she opened the door, a man tried to get in.

Sobbing and trying to catch her breath, the woman asked the dispatcher: "Where are the cops?"

The dispatcher tried to calm her down, repeating over and over that they were on the way.

He also asked her to describe the man. She told him he was black, about 210 pounds and wearing a green shirt.

At one point, the woman told the dispatcher about her baby. "He's in his bed. I don't know what to do. I can't believe I opened the door. ... Please don't let him get my baby," she cried.

When police arrived at the scene, she peeked out her window. And when the officers began looking for a man, the dispatcher assured the woman they weren't leaving.

On Monday, Ferrell's family said in their first public remarks in the case that the former Florida A&M University football player moved to Charlotte about a year ago to be with his fiancée and was working two jobs. He wanted to go back to school and eventually become an automotive engineer, they said.

The encounter was set in motion around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when Ferrell's car ran off the entrance road to a suburban neighborhood about 15 miles from downtown Charlotte.

After crashing his car into trees, Ferrell kicked out the back window and headed up a hill to the first set of closely clustered houses he could see. He then started "banging on the door viciously" of a home to attract attention, police Chief Rodney Monroe said.


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