Michigan Man Who Fired Shotgun At Teen Asking For Directions Says He's "Tired Of Being A Victim"
The video of a Michigan homeowner firing a shotgun at a teen who was asking for directions has been released.
A surveillance video of Jeffrey Ziegler has been released, which shows the homeowner and former Detroit firefighter shooting a shotgun at Brennan Walker. Walker previously said that he missed the bus to Rochester High School in Rochester Hills, and trekked four miles when he got lost and began knocking on the doors of several houses.
The video begins with Walker going onto the porch and then moving closer to knock on the door. He then quickly backs off and runs away as Ziegler comes through the door holding a weapon. He then points it in Walker’s direction and fires.
A 14 year-old black teen named Brennan Walker got lost on his way to school after missing the bus & walked up to the house of Jeffrey Zeigler to ask for directions. That’s when Zeigler tried to kill the teen. He’s been charged. This video was just released.pic.twitter.com/39IOIW2HWk
— Simar (@sahluwal) October 11, 2018
The video was shown to jury members during Ziegler’s trial Tuesday. Ziegler’s wife alleged that Walker broke into the home but prosecutors argued differently.
“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. “I said he was standing four feet away with his hands in his pockets, he is not showing any aggressive manner. He’s been lying to me the whole time.”
“Mr. Ziegler at this point is just sitting there and I said you took aim at him. You know sir, can you respect what I do and just admit that you aimed your weapon at this young man,” Pace continued. “He took a big drink of water, he looked at me and he said, ‘I’m tired of being a victim.'”
Ziegler has been charged with assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Source: Detroit News