Toxicology report released in fatal Charlotte shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A toxicology report shows the blood-alcohol level for an unarmed man shot and killed by a Charlotte police officer was below the legal limit.
The Charlotte Observer reported that the attorney for Jonathan Ferrell’s family said the report confirms the 24-year-old wasn’t drunk during the shooting.
The autopsy reportedly showed Ferrell had a blood-alcohol content of 0.06, within the legal limit of 0.08 for driving.
Ferrell was fatally shot by Officer Randall Kerrick after police responded to a breaking and entering call at a home on the city’s east side around 2:30 a.m. Sept. 14.
Attorney Chris Chestnut said Ferrell was just trying to get help after he was injured in a car accident. Officer Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Authorities said Ferrell, a former Florida A&M University football player, was driving home when his car crashed into a tree.
Police said Ferrell knocked on a door seeking help and the woman inside called 911, thinking he was trying to break into her home.
Police said Ferrell ran toward the three officers responding to the scene and Kerrick fired 12 shots.
Read more: The Charlotte Observer