CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police released a recording Tuesday of the 911 call from a panicked homeowner that led to the death of a 24-year-old black man at the hands of an officer who shot him 10 times.
The car of Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M University student, went off the road in a subdivision about 2 a.m. Saturday. He kicked out the back window and went to the woman's house, banging on her door for help, police said.
In the 17-minute recording, a terrified woman who was home alone with a baby and a dog pleads for police to hurry after she tells them she had opened her door to find a stranger she initially described only as a black man.
"He's in the front yard yelling. Oh my God. Please. Oh my God. I can't believe I opened the door,," the woman says.
After about 11 minutes, three officers arrive in front of her house and then quickly ran down the street. About six minutes later the dispatcher says a medic is on the way.
Lawyers for the officer who fired the shots, Randall Kerrick, 27, who is white, made their first court appearance Tuesday. Kerrick, who was charged with voluntary manslaughter, has not entered a plea.
Michael J. Greene, a former prosecutor who is representing Kerrick, issued a statement saying only that Kerrick's actions were justified. His next court appearance is Oct. 7.
The Charlotte chapter of the NAACP called for the charges to be raised to murder.
The number of bullets from one officer "indicates more than a reflex," Kojo Nantambu, the organization's president, told a television station. "It smells more of hatred and rage."
Ferrell grew up in Tallahassee and played football for FAMU. He had recently moved to Charlotte to be with his fiancee. He was working two retail jobs and preparing to go back to college.
Police said he had gotten lost in the subdivision after dropping off a friend and alcohol did not appear to be a factor.