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


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.

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"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.

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