Retired firefighter found guilty for firing shotgun at a black teen

Retired firefighter convicted for firing shotgun at black teen who knocked on his door

Surveillance video released to jurors Tuesday in the trial of Jeffrey Zeigler shows the white MI man aiming and firing a shotgun at a black student who has said he was seeking directions after missing his bus to school.

Shocking surveillance footage captured the moment 14-year-old Brennan Walker walked up to the front door of Jeffery Zeigler's home in Rochester Hills after having missed his school bus on the morning of April 12.

Cops in Detroit, Michigan, released surveillance footage this week showing a white ex-firefighter blasting away at a black teen with a shotgun after he reportedly knocked on his door and asked for directions.

"I knocked on her door a few times and she came down yelling at me before I could say anything and she thought I was trying to break into her house", Walker told WXYZ-TV at the time.

"I believe the video shows something else and I hope the jury sees it as well", Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said, according to the sheriff's office Facebook page.

"There's a lot more to the story than what's being told", Zeigler said. "He tells me that he is going to school and at that point he approaches the door, forward momentum, comes forward, opens the screen door, and puts his hand on the door handle again, as though he's coming into my house".

Dana Zeigler testified that she panicked.

Walker was surprised by the couple's reaction to him knocking on their door. "She asked me, 'Why are you trying to break into my house?' and I told her I was just looking for directions to Rochester High", he said.

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"It definitely was a hate crime", she said at the time.

"He didn't look like a child".

He added his intent was fire off a warning shot to scare Walker and any other potential burglars in the area.

"I turned back and I saw him aiming at me", said Brennan.

The video that aired was from Zeigler's home surveillance system and raised some doubt in jurors' minds about his intent since it showed that the gun was sacked in Walker's direction.

Zeigler also gave an odd interview, Pace said.

'I wanted to fire more up in the air, more towards my shoulder, and I didn't get the chance to because like I said, it was slippery, and I didn't have a good grip on the gun, ' he said. "I felt extremely remorseful and I was just shocked", he said, Fox2 reported. When he saw a neighborhood watch sign in the window of Zeigler's home, on S. Christian Hills Dr., the student said, he thought it would be a safe place to seek help. The teen heard a gunshot but wasn't hurt.

Zeigler, whose bond was revoked, was taken into custody where he will remain until sentencing on November 13.

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