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Police: Death of woman, 19, in Dearborn Heights possible self-defense gone wrong

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DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) -

"This man just came to the door, by somebody just  knocking? She didn't break in his house; she didn't break a window. What, you seen somebody on your porch and you just start shooting? And then you say it was accidental? That wasn't accidental; that wasn't accidental, no," says Bernita Spinks. She is the victim's aunt.

Dearborn Heights police believe Renisha McBride, 19, was shot in self-defense as the shooter believed she was an intruder. Her family was initially told by police that her body was "dumped" and discovered near Warren Avenue and Outer Drive, but now police are saying she died on the man's front porch.

Detectives have identified the man they believe shot McBride.

Her family is calling this a "senseless death." They believe she went to the home, knocking, looking for help. They don't know why or what happened from the time she left home until she ended up in Dearborn Heights.

Neighbors tell us they asked police what was going on when they saw patrol cars, and they tell us what officers told them. "He say, somebody tried to get in his house, or seems like force ... and he got scared and shot the person," an unidentified neighbor tells us.

Family tells Fox 2's Andrea Isom that's a lie, and that no one could have been scared of McBride.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from McBride's family in Isom's report

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