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CHARLETTE, North Carolina (WCNC) -- The family of a man shot to death by police in Charlotte, North Carolina has hired a prominent Florida attorney to represent them.

Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player, was shot and killed by a police officer while seeking help after a car accident early Saturday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police believe Ferrell wrecked his car around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, then banged on the door of a nearby home for help. The woman in the home called police to report a man was trying to break in.

Police encountered Ferrell about a block away from the home, and one officer shot and killed Ferrell during the encounter. Police said Ferrell was running towards officers.

Police later charged Officer Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter for the shooting.

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