Monroe said he didn’t think the unarmed Ferrell made threats or tried to rob the woman.
Officers responding to the breaking and entering call found Ferrell nearby. Ferrell ran toward the officers, who tried to stop him with a Taser. Police said he continued to run toward them when officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun, hitting Ferrell 10 times. Ferrell died at the scene.
An attorney for Ferrell’s family, Chris Chestnut, applauded police for charging Kerrick quickly.
“To shoot first and ask questions later is not an appropriate action for a police officer,” Chestnut said at the news conference with the family.
Chestnut also has represented the family of Robert Champion, a FAMU drum major who died during a hazing ritual in November 2011.
Jonathan Ferrell played the safety position for the FAMU’s football team during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, the school said.
Ferrell’s mother and brother didn’t say where he was working at the news conference.
“He taught me to be respectful to my mother, to my family. He was such a great person,” said his brother, Willie.