UPDATE: Renisha McBride shot in face, not back of head
The details surrounding 19-year-old Renisha McBride’s death have been pretty shaky, but an autopsy performed on the slain woman may shed some light into what really happened when she died.
The Detroit native was fatally shot in predominantly white Dearborn Heights in the early hours of Nov. 2. She was presumed to be seeking help after getting into a car wreck near the outskirts of the city.
An autopsy on a 19-year-old woman killed on a suburban Detroit porch where she’d reportedly gone to seek help after a car crash confirms that she died of a gunshot wound to her face. Civil rights groups have called for a vigorous prosecution in the case, saying McBride was targeted because of her race.
Prosecutors say they’re reviewing whether to charge the 54-year-old homeowner. Wayne County prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Maria Miller said Monday a warrant review process is underway as they await information from Dearborn Heights police.
Investigators said the homeowner told then he thought someone was trying to break into his home. As a result, he accidentally discharged the firearm. His lawyer contends that the shooting was justified, but did not comment on whether it was an accident.
We will keep you updated on the developments of this story.