PITTSFIELD TWP. (WWJ) – A 39-year-old man who allegedly shot at a plow driver who blocked his vehicle with snow told a judge he’s “the victim” in the case.
Bevan Wilson was arraigned Wednesday by video link from the Washtenaw County Jail on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and felony firearms.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Valley Ranch Apartments on Oak Valley Drive, near I-94 and South State Street in Pittsfield Township. According to police, Wilson fired one shot after the plow driver moved snow behind his car, blocking him in.
Wilson, a former electrician who is now self-employed, told the judge Wednesday that he’s the victim in the case.
“I was the one who called,” Wilson said, apparently in reference to contacting police. “I am the victim. I can assure you I’m not a flight risk or a danger to the public.”
Magistrate Elisha Fink stopped Wilson before he could elaborate any further.
The plow driver, Ben Clink, told The Ann Arbor News he was using a front-end loader to remove roughly 4 inches of fresh snow when an irate Wilson started to approach him. When Clink realized Wilson had a gun, he said he ducked down behind the steering wheel as low as he could. After Wilson fired one shot, Clink said he started begging for his life as the gunman continued walking toward him.
“I was just saying ‘Please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me. I’ll move the snow, please don’t shoot me,’” he said.
Clink said Wilson eventually retreated and he called 911. Police said Wilson has a concealed pistol license and surrendered his gun to officers at the scene.
Clink, who continued working after the incident, said he had planned to move the pile of snow, but Wilson shot at him first. The gunshot shattered the vehicle’s windshield, which Clink estimates will cost upwards of $2,500 to replace. No one was injured.
Fink ordered Wilson jailed on $45,000 cash bond. A probable cause hearing was scheduled for March 4. If convicted as charged, Wilson could spend the rest of his life behind bars.