According to The Detroit News, police requested for Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday to file charges against a resident accused of shooting a Detroit woman to death as she asked for help after a car accident.
Renisha McBride, 19, crashed her car at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Dearborn Heights and after her cell phone battery died she approached a home of a stranger in the 16000 block of Outer Drive.
Preliminary autopsy results reveal that McBride was fatally shot in the head.
The Raw Story reports that her aunt, Bernita Spinks, said the young woman was shot as she turned to leave the porch of the home she’d sought help.
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Police said they initially assumed the shot was fired in self-defense. An unidentified neighbor asked police what was going on when they saw patrol cars.
"He say, somebody tried to get in his house, or seems like force ... and he got scared and shot the person," the neighbor told myFOXDetroit.com.
McBride’s family members say they were told by police at first that her body had been dumped and found near Warren Avenue. Police now say the woman was killed on the homeowner’s front porch.
Spinks said her niece – who recently started working at Ford Motor Co. – was unjustly shot, even if the resident believed the young woman was an intruder attempting to break in.
“He shot her in the head, (and) for what? For knocking on his door,” said Spinks. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
Family members met with officials from the Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday, and they believe McBride was racially profiled.
“She didn’t break in his house; she didn’t break a window,” Spinks said. “What, you seen somebody on your porch and you just start shooting? And then you say it was accidental? That wasn’t accidental; that wasn’t accidental, no.”