Michigan man found guilty of shooting at teen who asked for directions


A retired Detroit firefighter caught on camera shooting at a 14-year-old boy—who was trying to ask for directions—was found guilty.

Jeffrey Zeigler was found guilty on two counts and is facing up to 10 years in prison after firing his shotgun at the teen identified as Brennan Walker. 

The jury says Ziegler meant to hit the African-American teen, who knocked on his door because he was lost. 

Brennan was looking for directions to school. 

Zeigler’s wife made a frantic call to 911 claiming she thought the boy was trying to break-in. 

She screamed and then her husband got his gun. 

Ziegler is seen on camera chasing after the teen and firing the weapon. 

During the trial, Ziegler said he was trying to fire a warning shot. 

Walker was not hit but prosecutors had argued that Ziegler intended to kill. 

Ziegler’s attorney, Robert Morad, said after the verdict,” He’s been sorry ever since this obviously happened. Um, he’s been extremely remorseful. He wishes he could take it back but obviously he can’t take it back.” 

Ziegler’s bond was revoked and he was lead away in handcuffs right in front of the victim’s mother. 

His sentencing date is scheduled for November.



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