Former Michigan Firefighter Sentenced To Prison After Shooting At Lost Black Teen
Brennan Walker will undoubtedly remember the morning of April 12, for the rest of his life, a day when Jeffrey Zeigler aimed and fired a shotgun at him after asking for directions.
Walker, 14, approached the Zeigler household to ask for directions after he missed the bus on his daily route to school when he made a pit stop in Christian Hills a suburban neighborhood outside of Detroit.
“I wish I could change something. I can’t go back in time,” Zeigler said after his sentencing according to WDIV.
“We have a plan for everything: fire, break-in, car accident,” said Lisa Wright, Walker’s mother in an interview with WDIV. “But we never set a plan for, ‘If somebody tries to kill you, this is what you do.'”
Zeigler his response was elicited by his wife who answered the door when Walker knocked. Ziegler claims he was trying to protect his family, due to a prior burglary at their home. He said his wife was alarmed so he ran for his gun.
And thankfully, Brennan was able to escape.
“I tried to keep race out of it, but we all know that’s what it was,” Wright said. “It’s not fair to dislike us because of something that we cannot control. If there was a button to pick what color I could be, I would have to be your color so I could survive.”
His last claim was that he did not intend to fire towards Brennan, but tripped and set the gun off.
“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,” Zeigler said during his testimony. “I felt extremely remorseful. And I was — I was just shocked.”
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard reported the surveillance video did not coincide with Ziegler’s statement, according to CBS News.
Clearly, the juge and jury did not agree and handed down their decision.