CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The owner of a financial consulting firm is in jail accused of taking a shot at a man who came to the Arbors Professional Center to meet with his mother.
Police arrested financial adviser Jerry Bennett for assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday after he charged a man with a gun.
Police say the 23-year-old victim had driven into the business park to meet his mother and parked near Bennett's car
I could see the barrel everything, and he wasn t trying to conceal it at all, the victim, 23, said.
He found himself on the business end of that barrel.
He started walking faster and I knew this guy wasn t coming to just talk.
So what allegedly drew Bennett s ire? What did the victim do?
Police said all he did was park near the 54-year-old man s car, and for some reason Bennett thought the victim was going to break into it.
In this case nothing was actually going on, said Sgt. James Wright. The best course of action would have been to call 911.
Instead, Bennett assumed the worst, so the victim tried to drive away.
The guy looked like a trained shooter. The guy had a suit on. It didn't add up at the time. I knew I had to get out of there as fast as I could, the victim said.
As he was driving away, police say Bennett allegedly fired one shot, aimed toward the victim's head.
He just aimed himself, like any trained police officer would, to stand there for a second and took the shot, said the victim.
I ducked down toward the left and my car was swerving all over the road aside from the glass flying all over the back of the car. It kind of took a graze right by my hair, you know. I felt it, he said.
Bennett has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into occupied property, and discharging a gun in the city limits.
His bond has been set at $20,000.
Police found Bennett back at his office working after the shooting incident, and placed him under arrest.