CMPD chief says he respects legal process in officer-involved shooting case

by: Mark Becker Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Rodney Monroe said he respects the legal process that appears to have stalled after a grand jury refused to indict a police officer on a voluntary manslaughter charge in the death of a Florida man.
               
The Attorney General’s Office said it will try again Monday to indict Officer Randall Kerrick in the death of Jonathan Ferrell in September.  Police said Kerrick shot Ferrell, who was unarmed, 10 times.
               
“As I’ve been stating all along, this is a tragic type of incident,” Monroe said Wednesday.
              
The chief said he stands by the decision to charge Kerrick in that shooting, even though it brought criticism from other officers.
              
“I believe we were correct as we initially charged,” Monroe said. “We’re going to let that criminal process play itself through and we’re going to accept and support whatever decision comes out of that process.