The Man Who Killed A Young, Unarmed Black Woman On His Porch Says His Shotgun Discharged By Mistake

The man tells police he thought Renisha McBride was breaking into his home. Her family says she needed help after an accident. UPDATE: Medical examiner rules McBride’s death a homicide.

1. UPDATE — Nov. 12, 1 a.m. ET: A medical examiner ruled Renisha McBride’s death a homicide Monday.


An autopsy report determined McBride was shot in the face with “no evidence of close range discharge,” according to a report released by the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

2. Police say Renisha McBride had been in a car accident hours before knocking on the door of a home in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She was shot and killed with a shotgun.

3. Police were called to the shooting early in the morning of Nov. 2 and found 19-year-old McBride shot and killed on the front porch of a home, according to a police statement. Now the suspect has told police he fired by mistake.

4. “This man’s claiming – believed the girl was breaking into the home. And he’s also saying the gun discharged accidentally,” Lt. James Serwatowski, chief detective, said Thursday to the Detroit Free Press.

5. He also disputed comments from McBride’s family saying she was shot in the back of the head.


The family said she had gone to the house seeking help after being involved in a car accident several blocks away. “This girl was not shot in the back of the head while leaving the porch,” Serwatowski said. “I don’t know where the family is getting this. She was shot in the front of the face, near the mouth.”

6. New comments by police sought to clarify some of the timeline of the night and open up the question of what happened during unaccounted hours between the accident and the shooting.

Renisha McBride’s family

“I’ll confirm that she was in an accident in Detroit and that she left the accident scene, and then some hours transpired” before the shooting, Serwatowski said. He did not elaborate on what police believe she was doing before and after the accident.

11. This is the porch where McBride was killed.

13. Police have not released the race of the man who killed McBride, but demographics tell a tale of two cities that are racially very different. McBride is from Detroit which is 83% black, according to the latest Census. Dearborn Heights is 86% white.

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