The homeowner who shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride on Saturday morning as she apparently searched for help following a car accident has told investigators that his firearm went off accidentally. The shot hit McBride on her face, near her mouth, Dearborn Heights chief detective Lt. James Serwatowski told the Detroit Free Press. A few hours before her death, McBride, who is black, was involved in a car accident in the mostly white Detroit suburb, the official confirmed. The homeowner has not been publicly identified by police, nor have officials released identifying details on the shooter aside from the fact that he is male.
McBride's family, through Detroit Pastor W.J. Rideout, went public with the story this week. According to the family, McBride's cell phone was out of batteries that night, and the teenager was likely looking for a house that would let her use a phone to make a call. Neighbors at the scene reportedly overheard cops say that the homeowner mistook McBride for a burglar. But police have confirmed almost nothing about McBride's death. It's not even clear at this point whether her shooter will face prosecution. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office told Dearborn Heights police to gather more information on the death before the office would consider filing charges. Serwatowski said to the Free Press on Thursday, “I know the family is anxious to see this man (the alleged shooter) charged but the prosecutor’s office is telling us they want a lot more information before they make a decision."