Medical examiner: Ferrell's blood alcohol level below legal limit on night of shooting



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The medical examiner released the autopsy report for the man who was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer.

Officials ruled the cause of Jonathan Ferrell's death was multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

It shows that CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick shot Ferrell a total of 10 times.

Three of those shots hit Ferrell in the shoulder area and another in the stomach, the medical examiner said.

The medical examiner said five shots that hit Ferrell in the chest were the ones that killed him.

The report also states that 60 milligrams of ethanol were found in Ferrell’s blood.  The medical examiner said that is equal to a blood alcohol content of .06 percent.

The report also showed there weren't any drugs in his system.

Sources told Channel 9 back in September that drugs and alcohol may have been involved in this investigation.
They told detectives they saw Ferrell drinking and smoking marijuana before he crashed his car on Reedy Creek Road, and that may have explained his strange behavior.
But, the report shows there were no traces of drugs in his system and his blood alcohol level was below the legal limit.

He went to a house looking for help, but the woman inside called 911 because she thought he was an intruder.

When officers arrived on the scene, they claim Ferrell was yelling and running toward them.

Police dash cam video shows the moments before Ferrell was shot and killed.

On Thursday, a judge ruled it will not be made public.

For weeks, Ferrell's family has asked for it to be released, but the judge said it will not be released until after the trail is over.

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