A white man who shot at a black boy who knocked on his door asking for help says he didn’t mean to fire his gun at him.
Brennan Walker, 14, stopped at Jeffrey Zeigler’s house to ask for directions to school after he missed his bus.
Zeigler’s wife, Dana, broke down in court as she recalled seeing Brennan walking towards her home on April 12.
Zeigler was filmed pointing his gun at Brennan as he ran away from his houseShe admitted that she panicked and shouted, thinking someone was going to break in.
She said: ‘I was screaming as loud as I possibly could, saying somebody is breaking into my house.’
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He said that it was intended to be a warning shot and he only realised he was firing at a boy when he reviewed the footage.
He 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.
Jeffrey Zeigler is on trial for the shooting, which took place on April 12‘I felt extremely remorseful. I was – I was just shocked.’
Meanwhile Mrs Zeigler was on the phone to 911 and could be heard crying as she spoke to police, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
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‘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.’
CCTV footage from outside the house in Rochester Hills, Michigan, shows Brennan as he walked up to the house and waited on the doorstep for someone to come to the door.
Brennan Walker fled after Mr Zeigler emerged from his house with a shotgunMrs Zeigler claimed that he didn’t look like an innocent student. She said: ‘He didn’t look like a child. He was a rather big man standing there, and also, if he was going to school, we have no schools in our area.’
Mr Zeigler said if he could have done anything differently, he would have given Brennan a lift to school.
A detective told the court that the Zeiglers had been burgled three times between 2009 and 2010.
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