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Audio: 911 call made by Theodore Wafer after he shot Renisha McBride

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DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) -

Theodore Wafer, 54, is charged with second degree murder after he shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his front porch on November 2nd.Theodore Wafer, 54, is charged with second degree murder after he shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his front porch on November 2nd.

Fox 2 has obtained a recording of the call Wafer made from his Dearborn Heights home after he shot McBride.

Play the video in the player to hear it.

Wafer says: "Uh yes... I just shot somebody on my front porch. with a shotgun, banging on my door." Wafer gives his address (we deleted the address in our post) and ends the call by saying "thank you" and hanging up, even as police dispatch continued.

On Friday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges against Wafer, nearly two weeks after police say Wafer shot McBride on the porch of his Dearborn Heights home on November 2.

An autopsy released this week ruled McBride died of a large gunshot wound to her face. A toxicology report released Thursday showed she had alcohol and marijuana in her system.

Police believe McBride was involved in a car accident several blocks north in Detroit before the shooting. They believe she was involved in a car accident nearby in Detroit and family members say she likely approached Wafer's home for help.

Gerald Thurswell, the McBride family's attorney, says, "If he had called 911 when he heard her outside his house, (the police) would have been there within two minutes and she would be alive today," Thurswell said. "Maybe she would have been arrested for being intoxicated, but she would not be dead."

Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must show his or her life was in danger.

"These are the appropriate charges and he did not act in lawful self-defense," Worthy said.

The shooting has prompted calls for a thorough investigation from civil rights groups that say race was a factor. McBride was an African-American. Wafer is white, said Worthy spokeswoman Maria Miller.

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