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File photo of police car. (Photo by Nichole Jaworski/CBS Charlotte)

File photo of police car. (Photo by Nichole Jaworski/CBS Charlotte)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP/CBS Charlotte) — The mother of an unarmed man killed during an altercation with Charlotte police says she forgives the officer accused of shooting her son.

Georgia Ferrell said Monday at a news conference in Charlotte that she is praying for officer Randall Kerrick.

Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter. Authorities say he fired 12 shots at 24-year-old Jonathan A. Ferrell early Saturday while responding to a breaking and entering call.

Officers say Ferrell, a former Florida A&M University football player, had been in a car wreck and sought help at a nearby house. A woman called authorities when she didn’t recognize the man.

Kerrick was expected in court later Monday. Police have said their own investigation found the shooting to be excessive.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

An unarmed man who may have been looking for help after a vehicle wreck was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Saturday as he ran toward him, police said.

CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick was served with a warrant just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. He has since been booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Monday to face a voluntary manslaughter charge. His bond has been set at $50,000.

A statement issued by police said officers responded to a breaking and entering call on the city’s east side around 2:30 a.m. Someone had knocked on the door of a residence, and the homeowner opened the door, thinking it was her husband. When she discovered it wasn’t, she closed the door and called 911.

When officers arrived, they found Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, a short distance from the home, and he matched a description given by the homeowner, police said.

The statement said officers approached Ferrell to investigate the original call. Ferrell ran toward the officers and was hit with a Taser. Ferrell continued to run toward police when Ofc. Randall Kerrick fired his weapon, hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said they think a wrecked car discovered down an embankment in nearby woods may have been driven by Ferrell, and investigators say he may have been trying to get help from the resident who called 911.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said the accident was serious and Ferrell would have been forced to climb out of the back window of the vehicle. He apparently walked to the nearest house and banged on the door.

Monroe told a news conference that he didn’t think Ferrell was trying to rob the woman.

“I don’t believe threats were made,” the chief said.

Monroe also said he had spoken with Kerrick.

“He is pretty shook up,” the chief said. “He’s devastated.”

Kerrick has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police since April 2011.

Two other officers at the scene have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a probe into the shooting.

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