Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M University football player, was shot and killed Saturday by a North Carolina police officer when he ran out at the armed officer while seeking help, authorities now believe.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An unarmed man who was shot and killed by a police officer in North Carolina after a car wreck was a former football player for Florida A&M University, school officials said Sunday. Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, played for the school in 2009-10 and had recently moved to North Carolina. Early Saturday, he had apparently been in an accident and was seeking help at a nearby house, according to a statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. A woman answered the door and, when she didn't recognize the man, called 911. Officers responding to the breaking-and-entering call found Ferrell a short distance from the home, police said. As they approached him, Ferrell ran toward the officers and was hit with a Taser. Police said he continued to run toward them when officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun, hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell died at the scene.