Detroit high school basketball coach in custody after shooting teens

Coach says teens attempted to rob him

Published On: Feb 02 2013 11:30:43 PM EST
DETROIT -

The mother of a student killed during a controversial shooting outside of a school says her son is a victim and not the suspect.

Questions continue about the shooting of two students outside of Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Detroit.

The coach says he was protecting himself, but Saturday night Ernest Robinson is in police custody.

The mother of Michael Scott, Priscilla Scott, who was killed Friday night, is coming to her son’s defense saying robbing is out of his character.

“I lost my son and I want answers,” said Scott.

Michael, a student at the school, and another teen had gone to a basketball game.

“He said mom we’re getting ready to go to the game and we’re getting dressed. And I said ‘ok’ and they got their jeans on and shoes and they were happy,” said Scott.

Michael and his friend are accused of trying to rob an assistant coach of the girls’ basketball team after the game on Friday. Sources say the coach shot Michael and his friend. The 16-year-old fell to his death in the median on Larned Street, his friend was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

“Michael does not even carry a gun, no. He wouldn’t even touch a gun,” said Scott.

Sources tell Local 4 the coach said, the teens had guns and were trying to rob them. The coach said he had two girls with him and says he didn’t shoot until the teens pointed the gun at the girls.

"Very much out of his character, it’s not him,” said Scott.

The other teen is still listed in very serious condition as of Saturday night.

It's unclear if the teens actually had a gun.

The coach is also a DPD reserve officer and well known in the community.

The prosecutor’s office will determine whether he will face charges.