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US porch shooter: I didn’t know gun was loaded

July 24, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. man who killed an unarmed young woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn’t know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.

Theodore Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who appeared on his porch a few hours after crashing her car nearby in Detroit.

Wafer told police that the victim looked like a “neighbor girl or something.” McBride didn’t live in the neighborhood, and an autopsy revealed she was extremely drunk.

Wafer’s lawyers say he shot McBride in self-defense. Prosecutors say he should have called police if he feared for his safety.

Wafer met officers outside his home after they responded to an emergency call before dawn on Nov. 2.

“What happened here?” Sgt. Rory McManmon asked, according to the recording played by prosecutors.

“A consistent knocking on the door, and I’m trying to look through the windows and the door,” Wafer said. “It’s banging somewhere else so I open up the door, kind of like who is this? And the gun discharged.

“I didn’t know there was a round in there,” Wafer told McManmon. “I don’t get it. Who’s knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang — somebody wanting in.”

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