Ben Clink said he pleaded with the man not to shoot again after a bullet shattered the corner of a windshield of a front-end loader. Clink was using the vehicle to clear snow Tuesday at Valley Ranch apartments in Pittsfield Township, near Ann Arbor.
"I was just saying 'Please don't shoot me, please don't shoot me. I'll move the snow, please don't shoot me,'" Clink recalled.
Clink wasn't injured and called 911. Police responded and the 39-year-old suspect was taken into custody.
Bevan L. Wilson of Pittsfield Township was arraigned by video link from the Washtenaw County jail Wednesday on attempted murder and firearms charges. Magistrate Elisha Fink ordered Wilson jailed on a $45,000 bond. A lawyer will be assigned to Wilson before his next court appearance.
Fink scheduled a probable cause hearing for March 4.
"I was the one who called," said Wilson in an apparent reference to telephoning police. "I am the victim. I can assure you I'm not a flight risk or a danger to the public."
Police said Wilson was upset after Clink pushed snow near a parked vehicle. Clink said he had planned to move the pile of snow, but the man shot first.
"I guess that wasn't fast enough for him," Clink said of his snow-clearing efforts.
Clink, whose father owns of Clink's Landscaping, was part of a several-person crew working Tuesday to clear about 4 inches of fresh snow. He remained after the shooting to finish the job.