Listen: Dearborn Heights homeowner's 911 call after shooting Renisha McBride on porch

Theodore Wafer called 911 to say he had shot woman who had been banging on his door

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:28:32 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 16 2013 04:48:21 AM EST
DETROIT -

The homeowner who shot and killed a 19-year-old woman Nov. 2 on his Dearborn Heights porch called 911 to report the shooting.

Theodore Wafer, 54, was arraigned on a second degree murder charge Friday for the shooting death of Renisha McBride. Wafer called 911 to say he had just shot her on his porch.

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The call was brief.

Dispatcher: "Dearborn Heights emergency."

Wafer: "Uh yes, I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun, banging on my door."

Listen: Dearborn Heights 911 call on McBride shooting

Wafer gave the dispatcher his address and that was it.

In addition to the murder charge, Wafer faces manslaughter and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony charges. He entered no plea. He is free from jail after posting 10 percent of a $250,000 bond. His preliminary examination is Dec. 18.

Court video: Theodore Wafer's arraignment

"I am saying we do not believe he acted in lawful self-defense," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy told reporters Friday.

Authorities say McBride, of Detroit, drove into a parked car in the city around 1 a.m. After her death, tests determined her blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit for drivers in Michigan, a toxicology report said.

Witnesses said she left on foot, bloodied and disoriented, Worthy said. She ended up on Wafer's porch in neighboring Dearborn Heights at least a couple hours later that morning.

Wafer told investigators that he thought McBride was breaking into his home, and that the shotgun accidentally discharged when he investigated, police said.

Renisha McBride's family wants justice

REPORTING LIVE IN DEARBORN HEIGHTS, ROGER WEBER LOCAL 4. LET'S HEAR FROM CHANCEY GLOVER. THEY'RE PLEASED WITH KYM WORTHY'S RULING AND SAYS IT GIVES THEM CLOSURE KNOWING THAT THE MAN ALLEGEDLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DAUGHTER'S DEATH WILL NOT GO FREE. SHE NEVER WAS BROUGHT UP TO BE A HARMFUL PERSON TO ANYBODY. SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO HELP YOU. IF SHE COULDN'T HELP YOU, SHE WOULD GO AND GIVE YOU HELP. MONICA McBRIDE DESCRIBED HER DAUGHTER RENISHA AS AN ANIMAL LOVER WHO LOVED TO HELP PEOPLE. THE NIGHT SHE WENT TORE FOR HELP, SHE WAS SHOT. WHEN YOU ACCIDENTALLY DO SOMETHING YOU APOLOGIZE. I COULDN'T ACCEPT THE APOLOGY BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER DOESN'T BREATHE NO MORE, BUT HE DOES. THE FAMILY SAYS CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST 54-YEAR-OLD THEODORE WAFER GIVES THEM A LITTLE CLOSURE. I THINK KYM WORTHY FOR HER VERDICT AND TAKING HER TIME AND GETTING THE ACCURATE EVIDENCE AND ALL OF THE FACTS BEFORE SHE MADE ANY DECISION. I WAS VERY PATIENT AND PRAYERFUL. THEY RELEASED THESE PICTURES OF RENISHA SHOWING THE HAPPY 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL HAVING A BLAST AT DISNEY RECALLED WOULD WITH HER DAD AND YOUNGER SISTER. FAMILY MEMBERS TELL ME THE SOUTHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE HAD STARTED TAKING ONLINE CLASSES AND WANTED TO BE A NURSE. SHE WORKED AT FORD AND WAS INTERESTED IN CARS. THE FAMILY SAYS THE 19-YEAR-OLD WAS TURNING INTO AN INDEPENDENT YOUNG WOMAN, BUT NOW THEY'LL NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO SEE HER BLOSSOM. SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY. SHE'S BEAUTIFUL AND HER SPIRIT -- IT WILL STAY, IT WILL STAY WITH US. NOW, WE KNOW THAT RENISHA'S STORY HAS GAINED NATIONAL ATTENTION. WHEN THE FAMILY WAS ASKED ABOUT THE RACIAL ASPECT OF THIS, MEANING A YOUNG BLACK GIRL SHOT BY A WHITE MAN, DID THEY THINK THAT WAS A BIG FACTOR. THEY RESPONDED BY SAYING, THEY VIEW THIS ONLY AS ANOTHER HUMAN WHO TOOK ANOTHER HUMAN'S LIFE. LIVE FROM SOUTHFIELD THIS EVENING. I'VE GOT TO IMAGINE THE DEFENSE IS GOING TO END UP RELYING ON THE TOXICOLOGY REPORT THAT FOUND THAT RENISHA'S BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS TWICE THE LIMIT FOR BEING INTOXICATED. WHAT DID THE FAMILY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT? DEVIN, THE FAMILY AND ATTORNEY SAY THEY'RE NOT REFUTING THAT. THEY SAY THEY KNOW THE TOXICOLOGY REPORTS FINDINGS AND KNOW SHE WAS INTOXICATED, ALL SHE WANTED WAS HELP AND STILL