$2.25 million settlement delivered to family of man fatally shot by Charlotte officer

$2.25 million settlement delivered to family of man fatally shot by Charlotte officer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The family of a man shot and killed by a Charlotte police officer has received the $2.25 million dollar settlement it made with the city of Charlotte.

According to city officials, the check was delivered Wednesday morning to the Florida lawyer of Georgia Ferrell.

Ferrell is the mother of Jonathan Ferrell, who was fatally shot by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick in September 2013.

He had reportedly wrecked his car in the Reedy Creek community in northwest Charlotte, knocked on the front door of a house, apparently seeking help. The woman inside when Ferrell knocked frantically called 911 to report a home invasion.

Kerrick and three other officers responded to the suspicious activity call and encountered Ferrell.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say Kerrick fired his gun 12 times, hitting Ferrell ten times. He was charged with voluntary manslaughter after the shooting.

Last week, the city reached the settlement in a civil suit with Ferrell's family.

Mayor Dan Clodfelter and City Attorney Bob Hagemann said the settlement was "fair and equitable" and said it was unanimously approved by the Charlotte City Council.

"We are grateful that this case has been resolved, but it is devastating to know that nothing we do will ever bring Jonathan back. Our faith in God and the power of prayer are the only things that have gotten us through this tragic situation," Georgia Ferrell, mother of Jonathan Ferrell, said in a statement last week.

"Jonathan was the salt of the earth; an outstanding person who brought tremendous joy to so many. We remain hopeful that Jonathan's death will ultimately result in permanent changes to law enforcement attitudes, policies and procedures-- not only within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, but within every other police department throughout the country."

Clodfelter said Ferrell's family has expressed a strong interest in working with the city to work with police and the community with hopes that "out of the family tragedy can come healing."

"Citizens need to know that those who serve them are willing to learn and adjust," Clodfelter said and briefly spoke about new programs and initiatives that will "help Charlotte maintain bonds of trust."

"Jonathan's death remains a tragedy of the highest order and our mission has always been to ensure that no other innocent person unnecessarily loses their life to police violence," Georgia Ferrell said. "To help achieve this objective, part of the proceeds from this settlement will be used to launch the Justice for Jonathan Foundation, whose purpose is to help law enforcement and the community better understand one another."

Clodfelter emphasized that the civil case has no implications in the criminal case involving Ferrell's death and says the settlement does not hold the city at fault. The criminal case is ongoing.

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