A Michigan man reportedly shot at a Black teen who had stopped at his house to ask for directions.

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Man reportedly shot at Black teen who asked his wife for directions

A retired firefighter was arrested in the shooting.


Kris Seavers


Published Apr 14, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 6:37 pm CDT

A 14-year-old Michigan teenager was shot at on Thursday after getting his lost on his way to school and knocking on a door to ask for directions, BuzzFeed News reported.

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Retired firefighter Jeff Ziegler, 53, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder and a felony charge of possessing a firearm for allegedly shooting the teen, Brennan Walker.

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Authorities had responded when Ziegler’s wife called 911 to say a Black male was trying to break into her house and that her husband had chased him into the yard, per an incident report from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Walker told authorities he had missed the bus to his high school and was trying to walk to the campus when he got lost and stopped to ask for directions. Authorities said the woman who opened the door thought he was trying to break into her house, and her husband chased after Walker with a 12-gauge shotgun.

“I was trying to explain to her that I wanted to get directions to go to my school,” Brennan said. “I told her, ‘No, I go to Rochester High, I’m just looking for directions to Rochester High.'”

But when he saw Ziegler with a gun, he ran.

“I looked back behind me, I saw him aiming at me, and I turned back. I turned back and I heard the gunshot. And I tried to run faster,” the teen told WXYZ.

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H/T BuzzFeed News

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*First Published: Apr 14, 2018, 12:56 am CDT