Former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick announced his resignation yesterday, and the city of Charlotte will pay him more than $179,000 in back pay and legal fees. Kerrick's trial for voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell ended in a mistrial in August. The city will pay Kerrick nearly $113,00 in back pay and more than $50,500 to his civil suit lawyer. The city won't be paying any legal fees related to his criminal case.
An incident in Gastonia yesterday afternoon in which a woman waved out of her window while ramming into police cars and nearly hitting a police officer on foot was caught on video and posted to Youtube. The woman continuously rammed police cars while doing laps around a busy intersection. No police officers fired on the suspect and she eventually crashed into a ditch. When asked her name, the woman reportedly said it was "hope, faith and love."
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said one of its troopers was driving the vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian trying to cross I-85 overnight. Investigators said the trooper was traveling northbound at about 1:30 a.m. this morning when Derrick Mason, 22, tried to dart across traffic from the right shoulder. They said they don't believe there was any wrongdoing on the trooper's part, but he has been placed on administrative leave while the accident is investigated. The left lanes of I-85 northbound were re-opened at 7 a.m.
SouthPark Mall was evacuated last night and four people were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries following an incident involving high levels of carbon monoxide. The incident took place after operating hours, and employees told news crews they were evacuated due to a gas leak. The mall opened as scheduled this morning.
A shooting at Northern Arizona University overnight that killed one and injured three others was said to have resulted from a confrontation between two groups of students. Police said 18-year-old freshman Steven Jones used a handgun in the shooting in a parking lot of a dormitory hall.