DETROIT — A 70-year-old Detroit high school basketball coach will not be charged for fatally shooting a teenager and wounding another while they were trying to rob him outside of a school, a prosecutor said Thursday.
According to prosecutors, the two teenage boys accosted Ernest Robinson, an assistant girls' basketball coach at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, on Feb. 1 while he was walking with two of his players outside the east side school. While 16-year-old Michael Scott pointed a gun at Robinson's players, Scott's 15-year-old accomplice tried to tear off a chain around Robinson's neck, prosecutors said.
Robinson, who is a reserve police officer and licensed to carry a concealed pistol, opened fire on the duo, killing Scott and wounding the 15-year-old, police and prosecutors said.
"This case is a textbook example of lawful self-defense," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. "The coach is a victim, so we are charging the 15-year-old accomplice in this case. What is left here is absolutely tragic by any standard."
The 15-year-old has been charged with armed robbery and assault and is being held at a juvenile detention center, pending a court hearing. The prosecutor's office said the teen is expected to be tried as an adult, but it did not release his name. If convicted as an adult, he could be sentenced as a juvenile or adult, or as a combination of both.
Scott was a ninth-grader at the school. His mother has said that he didn't have a gun, but investigators dispute that contention.