14-year-old Brennan Walker missed his school bus. He didn’t have his phone and desperately needed directions.
He Fired Two Shots
14-year-old Brennan Walker missed the bus to school, and decided to walk. He knocked on the door of a house to ask for directions, but was instead accused of trying to break in and shot at: https://t.co/QglFmDsGf1 pic.twitter.com/M0tsVqUv0f
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He decided to knock on the home of Jeffrey Zeigler for help. But he was shocked when the white retired firefighter answered the door with a shotgun. He then proceeded to fire two shots.
CCTV footage shows the dramatic moment Zeigler shot at the unarmed black teenager on the morning of April 12 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. A terrified Brennan is seen running away from the house as Zeigler appears shirtless and holding a shotgun.
The 53-year-old says he believed that Brennan was trying to rob him. On the third day of Zeigler’s trial, his wife, Dana Zeigler, broke down in tears on the witness stand, according to WJBK-TV.
“I Saw A Black Person Standing At My Door”
Dana Zeigler says she was startled when she saw Brennan walking toward her home.
“I was screaming as loud as I possibly could, saying somebody is breaking into my house,” she said. “I saw a black person standing at my door and I screamed at him and I asked him what he was doing there.”
“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.”
She claims 14-year-old Brennan did not look like an innocent student. “He didn’t look like a child,” she told the court.
“He was a rather big man standing there, and also, if he was going to school, we have no schools in our area.”
Her husband also took the witness stand on Thursday. He insists that he fired his gun as a warning shot.
“I felt extremely remorseful. I was – I was just shocked,” he said. When asked what he would have done differently, Zeigler replied, “I would have given him a ride to school.”
He was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder and possessing a firearm. The jury will give their verdict on Friday.