Theodore Wafer tells 911 dispatcher he shot by accident, tells police he didn't think gun was loaded

DETROIT (WXYZ) - "I didn't know there was a round in there," Theodore Wafer told the Dearborn Heights Police officers responding to his call to 911 in which he indicated that he had just shot someone. The audio was captured on a police microphone.

In his call to 911, Wafer said, "I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun, banging on my door."

Wafer gives his street address, but when the dispatcher asks "What city?" Wafer says "Thank you" and hangs up.

The 911 dispatcher, Valentine Peppers, told the jury that he called Wafer back.

"He had said that he shot by accident that he thought the gun was unloaded," Peppers told jurors.

This is day two of testimony in Wafer's trial on Second Degree Murder for the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

On Wednesday, Wafer's defense attorney, Cheryl Carpenter, gave an animated description of the fear she says Wafer felt when he thought several people were banging on his front and side doors in an attempt to get inside his home.

But when officers arrive, Wafer doesn't appear to describe any attempted home invasion.

Wafer exits his house using the side door and he's met by a sergeant and an officer.

Officer: "Where's your gun at?"

Wafer: "It's on the ground inside the door."

Officer: "Okay."

Wafer: "It's a little Mossberg, you know, shotgun, self-defense."

Officer: "What happened here?"

Wafer: "A consistent knocking on the door and I'm trying to look through the windows, but every time I look through the windows and door it's banging somewhere else. So, I open up the door, kind of like who is this, and the gun discharged. I didn't know there was a round in there. I don't get it.. who is knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning.. bang, bang, bang.. somebody wanting in."

Wafer's defense attorney told jurors in her opening statement Monday that McBride was banging on Wafer's door so aggressively that she broke the peep hole, but Officer Mark Parrinello, an evidence technician, says when he examined the peep hole it was intact and he could see through it.

Carpenter says Wafer couldn't call 911 when he thought someone was breaking into his home because he couldn't find his cell phone.

After the shooting, Wafer did find his phone in his back pocket and called 911.

The trial resumes Monday morning.

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