Retired firefighter convicted of assault for shooting at lost black teen

A white man who was captured on surveillance video stepping out of his house to fire upon a black teen who had knocked on his door to ask for directions, has been found guilty by a MI jury.

The video shows Walker running away before Zeigler appears on the porch, takes aim and fires the shotgun at him. Zeigler's wife answered the door and immediately began yelling and accusing him of trying to break in, Walker testified on Monday.

However, as the X-long trial was brought to a close this week, the jury was shown the dramatic video of the incident and ultimately found Zeigler guilty of both charges on Friday.

The 53-year-old retired firefighter insisted he was innocent at his arraignment earlier this year, telling the court there was "a lot more to this story than what is being told" and claiming that the shotgun accidentally fired when he tripped. He knocked on the door to a home in the 2200 block of South Christian Hills Drive.

In April, Walker described his encounter with Dana Zeigler. "I was trying to tell them that I was trying to get to high school, but they weren't listening".

"It definitely was a hate crime", Walker's mother told WDIV back in April. His wife's screams put things in motion but he loves her and was trying to protect her.

"Number one, he didn't look like a child. He wishes he could take it back, but obviously he can't take it back", Morad said.

Video shown in court, recorded via the home's surveillance system, sees Brennan walk up to the front porch and either ring the bell or knock several times before he darts off in the opposite direction. He claims the gunfire was meant to be a warning shot but his foot slipped on the pavement.

"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".

"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.

"When I saw that video..." When he saw a neighborhood watch sign in the window of Zeigler's home, on S. Christian Hills Dr., the student said, he thought it would be a safe place to seek help. "I felt extremely remorseful and I was just shocked", he said, Fox2 reported. "I was trying to run away faster and I heard a gunshot", said Brennan. Judge Wendy Potts revoked his bond and he will remain behind bars until his sentencing slated for November 13.

Vanessa Coleman

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