Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Retired firefighter found guilty for firing shotgun at a black teen

Retired firefighter found guilty for firing shotgun at a black teen

Brennan was walking alone to school on April 12 after he missed the bus. "I was shocked", detective Shawn Pace said in court on October 9, the Oakland Press reported. After Walker is off camera, Ziegler fires one shot in Walker's direction, which fortunately missed. Zeigler's wife answered the door and immediately began yelling and accusing him of trying to break in, Walker testified on Monday.

But police noted that home security footage of the incident - which was only shown to the jury this week - showed that Zeigler clearly aimed at Walker.

'I was screaming as loud as I possibly could, saying somebody is breaking into my house, ' she said.

According to Fox 2 Detroit, Zeigler believed the boy was trying to break into his house and that he stumbled, accidentally firing his gun.

"I was trying to explain to that I wanted to get directions to go to my school", he said.

Marshall said he couldn't definitively say what it was leveled at. Deputies at the scene described the weapon as a "12-gauge shotgun".

Zeigler also gave an odd interview, Pace said.

"I said 'Sir, can you point out to me where he charged your door, at what point was he a threat?'" Shawn Pace, a detective with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, said according to The Detroit News.

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When asked in court whether he'd handle the situation differently with Walker, Jeffrey Zeigler said, "Absolutely".

"I would have given him a ride to school", Zeigler. He contends the video shows a branch falling from a nearby tree, meaning the Zeigler fired in the air and not at Walker.

"When I saw that video, my thought process switched..."

Walker, who said he didn't have his phone with him, added that he saw Zeigler "aiming at me" when he looked back, prompting him to run faster.

On Friday, Morad reminded jurors that the Zieglers had experienced a number of break-ins. "Somebody violates the sanctity of your home, comes into your home, when you are actually at home, certainly makes you feel very unsafe and unsettled".

Sentencing is scheduled for November 13, Morad said, adding it was too early to say whether they are considering an appeal. Mrs. Ziegler was unsettled that day, for sure, because she felt that somebody was coming into her home like it had happened before.

The Rochester High freshman was uninjured in the shooting, but prosecutors suggested that may not have been the cause had Zeigler's safety not been engaged, The Detroit News reported.

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