A horrible and concerning story has led to the arrest of a retired Detroit firefighter, Jeffery Zeigler. According to reports, a young 14-year-old boy had knocked on the suspect’s front door hoping to ask for directions.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s department received a call a short time later from the suspect’s wife. The suspect’s wife claimed that her husband had frightened a young, black male who had been attempting to break into their house that morning. After responding to the call, police found the young boy walking down a nearby street. High school freshman Brennan Walker told police that he had missed his school bus and was looking for help to get to school. The boy admitted to knocking on the suspect’s door, and he claims that the deranged man came out armed with a shotgun. The suspect aimed at the boy as he ran off in fear.
Police investigators determined that the homeowner had not only aimed at the young boy, but he actually fired at him with a 12-guage shotgun. Thankfully, the 14-year-old was not injured in the incident.
Zeigler has been arrested on multiple charges including possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and assault with the intent to murder. His bond was set at $50,000. Judges ordered Zeigler to have no contact with the young boy or his family. He will be required to wear a GPS tracker and hand over all his firearms to authorities. The young boy and his mother believe this incident was racially motivated, but Zeigler has denied this accusation.