ROCHESTER HILLS (CBS Detroit/AP) — A retired, white Detroit firefighter is charged with assault with intent to murder after a shot was fired at a black teen who police say knocked on the door of the man’s suburban Detroit home to ask directions to school.
Jeffrey Zeigler was arraigned Friday. The 53-year-old was arrested Thursday after a woman told 911 her husband had chased a black male who tried to break in. Oakland County sheriff’s deputies later learned that a shot had been fired at 14-year-old Brennan Walker.
Deputies found Walker down the street. The teen also lives in Rochester Hills and says he was trying to explain to the woman that he needed directions to high school when a man came downstairs and grabbed a gun.
Zeigler’s bond was set at $50,000. His attorney was not in court.
According to reports Walker’s family is calling this a “hate crime.”
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