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Bicyclist fatally shot in Taylor: Was it murder or self defense?

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A police evidence photo shows the bicycle.  (Credit: Taylor Police) A police evidence photo shows the bicycle. (Credit: Taylor Police)
This police evidence photo shows the vehicle involved.  (Credit: Taylor Police) This police evidence photo shows the vehicle involved. (Credit: Taylor Police)
TAYLOR, Mich. (MyFox Detroit) -

Clutching his picture, Donna Owens cried as she thought about what happened to her brother, 42-year-old Henry Enoch (pictured above), who was shot after a traffic accident in Taylor triggered by road rage.

"You didn't have to shoot him.  I'm sure you have a cell phone next to that gun you had, so why didn't you pick up the cell phone and call the police?  Why did you have to shoot my only brother?"

It happened around 6:30 Wednesday night.  Police say 46-year-old Edward Meyers was heading north on Telegraph.  He tried to turn right onto Northline and collided with Enoch, who was on his bike and disregarded the "do not cross" signal.  They started arguing.  That's when witnesses told police Enoch began punching Meyers through his open window and Meyers then pulled out a pistol and shot Enoch in the chest.

Meyers, who stayed at the scene until police arrived, was taken into custody and then released from jail Thursday.  He referred us to his attorney, James Makowski, who claims this is a clear cut case of self defense.

"Started pounding on the car saying, 'I'm going to kill you,' reached inside the pickup truck, started pounding on my client's face," Makowski explained.  "My client was hitting the gas trying to get away, but in the heat of the moment he didn't realize he... had it in park.  Car (is) not going anywhere, so he finally felt no choice but to retrieve his weapon and discharge it."

"Of course, he went after the guy like, what, you weren't going to stop for me?  I mean anybody would react like that, but there's no reason to shoot anybody.  He didn't have a weapon.  He wasn't trying to shoot you," said Owens.

Both Meyers, a former Marine from Taylor, and Enoch, who lived in Brownstown Township, are described as religious men who loved their families.  The prosecutor will now have to decide on charges.  Was it murder or self defense?

"I think he did the right thing.  I think there's no question that he did what he had to do in the circumstances, but now he's got to live with that, and that's going to be difficult," Makowski said.

Makowski said the prosecutor is waiting for more reports before she makes her decision next week.

Police say that Meyers is registered to have a concealed pistol license.

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