Man who shot at teen is con­victed of as­sault

The Washington Post - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A white re­tired firefighter has been con­victed of as­sault for shoot­ing at a black teenager who came to his sub­ur­ban De­troit home for direc­tions.

Jef­frey Zei­gler was charged with at­tempted mur­der, but Oak­land County ju­rors on Fri­day con­victed him of the lesser as­sault charge and a gun crime.

Bren­nan Walker, 14, told po­lice he missed a school bus on April 12 and knocked on Zei­gler’s door in Rochester Hills af­ter get­ting lost while walk­ing. Bren­nan said he ran away af­ter see­ing a man in­side the house grab a gun. The teen heard a gun­shot but was not hurt.

Zei­gler tes­ti­fied that he woke up to his wife’s screams. He says she be­lieved that some­one was try­ing to break into their home.

Home video showed Zei­gler, 53, rais­ing a shot­gun twice be­fore fir­ing to­ward Bren­nan.

TRAVIS LONG/THE NEWS OB­SERVER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Shawn Ry­ch­cik and his son Ajay, 11, ride the State Fair Flyer on open­ing day of the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh. The fair’s open­ing was sched­uled for Thurs­day, but fes­tiv­i­ties were de­layed to Fri­day be­cause of high winds and heavy rains from Trop­i­cal Storm Michael.

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