Family of Unarmed Man Shot Dead in North Carolina Files Lawsuit

The city of Charlotte and its police department are being sued in Jonathan Ferrell's death.

Posted: 01/14/2014 09:38 AM EST

The family of Jonathan A. Ferrell continues to seek justice in his death and filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the North Carolina police officer who shot him. The city of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the city's police department are also being sued, according to a court document.

Officer Randall Kerrick opened fire on the 24-year-old, who was struck 10 times by bullets and died at the scene in September 2013. Police say Ferrell, who was unarmed ran towards them when they arrived.

The former FAMU football player was knocking on doors of the upscale Bradfield Farms community near Charlotte and seeking help after his car crashed. One frantic homeowner who thought Ferrell was a threat had called 911

The North Carolina Attorney General's office said the case will go to a grand jury on Jan. 21. The lawyer of the family is seeking an indictment of Kerrick who is charged with voluntary manslaughter.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Florida A&M University)

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