Cop Who Fatally Shot Football Star Sobs on the Stand: 'I Thought I Was Going to Die'
A police officer who fatally shot an unarmed college football star sobbed as he took the stand in his trial.
Officer Randall Kerrick, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 death of former Florida A&M football player Jonathan Ferrell, spoke in his own defense in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ferrell had crashed his car and was reportedly banging on a stranger's door around 2.30 a.m. The homeowner called 911 and dashcam video shows Ferrell running at cops who answered the call.
Prosecutors say he was shot ten times.
In court, Kerrick said: "No matter what I did, he wouldn't stop. I wasn't sure how many rounds I had fired."
Kerrick claims the shooting was self-defense. He cried as he testified that he was afraid the bigger, stronger Ferrell was going to take his gun.
Kerrick said: “I thought I was going to die.”
He was asked: “Why?”
“Because nothing I would do would stop him,” Kerrick said.
He showed the jury his muddy uniform, the result, he says, of falling in a ditch as he struggled with the football star.
Now the jury must decide if the cop used excessive force when he shot the unarmed football star ten times.
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