Former Michigan firefighter who shot at black teen gets 4 years in prison

Jeffrey Zeigler, 53, said he fired a shotgun at a teenager who had stopped at his house to ask directions. He was charged on April 13, 2018 with assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A white retired firefighter has been sentenced to at least four years in prison for shooting at a black teenager who came to his suburban Detroit home asking for directions to school.

Jeffrey Zeigler apologized before he was sentenced Tuesday in Oakland County court. A jury convicted him last month of assault and a gun crime.

Fourteen-year-old Brennan Walker wasn’t hurt. He told police he missed a school bus on April 12 and knocked on Zeigler’s door in Rochester Hills after getting lost. He ran after seeing a man inside the house grab a gun.

The 53-year-old Zeigler says he woke up to his wife’s screams and that she believed someone was trying to break into their home.

He’ll be eligible for parole after four years.

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7 comments

    • NOT RACIST NOT VIOLENT BUT NO LONGER SILENT

      Really? The kid ran into the house – wife is screaming – I would have shot him too.
      Now – reread the article – which is it? Shot in the home? Shot while running away?
      Terrible reporting – what are the facts?
      Sadly Juanita, your post is an easy target – no pun intended – Your assumption he shot the kid because he was black is baseless. And what does the kid’s height have to do with it?

      • Deatra

        Not sure where you guys are seeing the child was in the home. On the news they said he rang the doorbell and was on the porch. They describe a 12 year old child that was lost. There is also video. However, I don’t believe a 12 year old lost white child would have been shot at. The Michigan firefighter would have seen the child and had empathy versus assuming the worst.

  • Atlas

    This is utter injustice! Try walking into a colored guy’s house in Detroit and see how warm of a reception you get. Of course, such an incident wouldn’t be reported by the media.

  • Walker White

    “Not a racist” should try reading for a change!
    The PERSON did not run into the house. This jackass got what he deserves. If you own a gun you should at least asses the situation before you decide to use it.

  • Charles Runyon

    So kid knocks on one door and asks for directions and then goes to another to do the same? Unless the kid has a mental disability there is only one reason to knock on doors asking for directions and that is hoping nobody is home. And who cares what color anyone is? If a 14 year old lived in the Sub he would know which way to walk to school, BS

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