cooperRALEIGH—State Attorney General Roy Cooper held a press conference about the decision to not retry CMPD Officer Randall ‘Wes’ Kerrick and dismiss his voluntary manslaughter charge.

A judge declared a mistrial in Kerrick’s case last Friday after jurors said they were deadlocked in an 8-4 vote, with the majority believing Kerrick was not guilty.

The CMPD officer shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell, who was unarmed, in 2013 while responding to a breaking and entering call.

“it was the right thing to bring this case before the jury and seek a conviction. But now we need to listen to what the jury said. We as a state need to learn from this tragedy. More consistent and better training for our law enforcement agents can save lives,” said Cooper.

Cooper said his office reached out to Ferrell’s family and spoke to them about the decision.