Michigan Man Jeffrey Ziegler,who firing his gun at 14-year-old boy black teenager who stopped by his home to ask for directions to school has been found guilty of assault.
The black teenager Brennan had missed his school bus and tried to walk the four miles from his stop to Rochester High School, about 20 miles outside of Detroit. Along the way, he got lost and started knocking on doors of nearby houses to get directions, eventually stopping at the Zeigler’s house.
After knocking on the door, Brennan says a woman in the house began yelling at him. “She was like, ‘Why are you trying to break into my house?’ I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High,” Brennan told Fox 2 Detroit at the time.
Moments later, Zeigler, a retired fireman, came to the door with a shotgun in hand—Brennan took off toward the street after spotting the gun. As he ran away, Zeigler fired a shot at the boy, theroot reports.
The black teenager Brennan said,She didn’t really give me a chance to speak a lot, and I was trying to tell her that I go to Rochester High and I was looking for directions,”. “A few moments later the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the shotgun.
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He was convicted of one count of felony assault with the intent to commit great bodily harm, which was a lesser charge than the assault with intent to murder that he initially faced. He was also convicted of one count of using a firearm while committing that felony.
In his arraignment, Ziegler said that there was “a lot more to this story than what is being told”. He said that he was concerned that the teenager, 14-year-old Brennan Walker, was trying to rob his home. He also claimed that he only fired because he tripped.
Ziegler’s claim that he shot his firearm as a result of tripping was contradicted by local police, who said that the footage from the security camera showed clearly that he had aimed at the teenager as he ran away from the home.
His mother, Lisa Wright, said neighbours should be able to ask each other for directions without fear. “I shouldn’t be fearful of a child, let alone a skin tone,” she said. “This is a decent neighborhood. If anything, why would I knock on your door to rob you? Why would I have a conversation with you to rob you? It’s ridiculous. Ignorance is everywhere.”
Zeigler was also found guilty of possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13.