Video of the Rochester Hills, Michigan man who shot his gun at a 14-year-old Black teen asking for directions was shown at his trial on Wednesday and may raise doubts with jurors over his claim that the shooting was an accident, The Oakland Press reports.
Jeffrey Zeigler, 53, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony over an incident where he shot at Brennan Walker on April 12.
Zeigler said that he and his wife believed that the teen was attempting to break into their home, Brennan testified on Monda that he stopped by their house to ask for directions to Rochester High School after missing his bus.
“I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady’s door. Then she started yelling at me and 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 [School]. And she kept yelling at me. Then the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run. And that’s when I heard the gunshot,” Brennan told Fox 2 in April.
In the video, taken by Zeigler’s home surveillance system, Brennan walks up to the home and seemingly rings the doorbell waiting for a response. The door opens and Brennan runs away and Zeigler can be seen holding a firearm and shooting at the teen as he fled the scene.
Rochester Hills Michigan 6 months ago.
The surveillance footage was just released.
14 y/o Black Teen misses the bus to school & figures he knew the route well enough to walk the 4-mile route. He gets lost, stops to ask for directions, & nearly loses his life.
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— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) October 11, 2018
The video doesn’t corroborate Zeigler’s claims of a break-in, according to Detective Shawn Pace, who investigated the incident.
“When I saw that video, my thought process switched…I knew which direction I had to go. I was shocked,” Pace testified on Tuesday Adding that when he watched the video again was “charged up, because I was offended by what I had seen.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.