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White man who shot at fleeing black teen faces assault with intent to murder charge

Jeffrey Zeigler
Oakland County Sheriff

A Rochester Hills man has been charged with two felony counts after he shot at a 14-year-old black teen with a shotgun Thursday morning.

Police say Brennan Walker, also of Rochester Hills, knocked on the door of retired Detroit firefighter Jeffrey Zeigler, who chased him into the yard, and shot at him with a 12 gauge shotgun as the teen fled.

Zeigler's wife claimed Walker was trying to break into the home. But Walker said he was walking to school in an unfamiliar neighborhood after missing the bus, and he wanted to ask for directions.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard tweeted about the incident before Zeigler was charged:

I feel so bad for this mom and young man and am incredibly angry at this disturbing event in our county, state and country. We will seek all applicable charges. There is no world where this is acceptable.

Zeigler faces one charge of assault with intent to murder, punishable by life or any number of years, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, punishable by two years.

The 53-year-old Zeigler has been released on a $50,000 bond.  He has also been ordered to wear a GPS tether, submit to alcohol testing, and stay at least 10 miles from the victim.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story identified Mike Bouchard as the Oakland County prosecutor. He is the Oakland County Sheriff.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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