Man convicted of assault for shooting at black teen asking for directions

Lester Mason
October 14, 2018

Zeigler could get up to 10 years in prison for the assault conviction in addition to the two mandatory years behind bars for the firearm charge. He ended up knocking on the door of a house belonging to Ziegler and his wife.

Zeigler, who told police he thought he was being robbed, was subsequently charged with assault with intent to murder and possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The man said if he could go back and do it differently, he would.

"The caller reported that a black male was trying to break into her house and her husband chased after him into the yard".

The case caused a stir in Oakland County, where Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett said in a statement in spring that he was "personally sickened by the initial reports and they suggest behavior completely unacceptable and inconsistent with the character and values of our community".

The surveillance video shown this week in court showed Jeffrey Zeigler, dressed only in trousers, exiting his house and shooting once at Walker as the teen runs away. Zeigler's wife answered the door and immediately began yelling and accusing him of trying to break in, Walker testified on Monday.

Zeigler also stated that he meant to fire the shot as a warning, saying that his foot slipped.

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. However, Jeffrey Zeigler sprang out of bed equipped with his shotgun and headed for the front door believing the teen to be a potential burglar.

Kelly concluded: "He was the danger on April 12". Left without options, he attempted to walk to school. However, he started to lose his way and needed help. The Rochester High School freshman missed the bus and was lost on his walk to school.

Walker fled, and security footage shows Ziegler running out of the house with the gun pointed.

"I turned back and I saw him aiming at me", said Brennan.

Police said the man initially had the safety on his weapon and when he was unsuccessful in firing the first shot, he removed the safety and reaimed the gun. Just moments before that, Walker ran away from the doorstep. "I was trying to run away faster and I heard a gunshot".

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard believes there is no way to justify what happened.

Pace continued, "Mr. Ziegler at this point is just sitting there, and I said, 'You took aim at him".

Brennan's mother, Lisa Wright, wants the man to face serious charges. "I was offended by what I had seen".

Marshall said he couldn't definitively say what it was leveled at.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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