He fired a single shot with a 12-gauge shotgun, but Brennan was not hit.
Jeff Ziegler, a former lieutenant in the Detroit Fire Department, was arraigned on felony charges of being in possession of a firearm and assault with intent to murder.
A bond has been set for a man accused of chasing after and shooting at a Rochester teen seeking directions to school.
Sheriff's deputies located Brennan down the street from the woman's house. Because his mom had taken his phone, the 14-year-old chose to ask for help and knocked on a stranger's door to see if they could tell him how to get to the school.
A lost black schoolboy was allegedly shot at by a white homeowner after he knocked on his door asking for directions. Her husband is in the military and deployed in Syria.
Brennan's mum, Lisa Wright, added: "I found out later the only reason [the man] missed is because he forgot to take the safety off".
He was ordered to have no contact with the teen's family, to wear a Global Positioning System tether and to surrender any weapons to the sheriff's office.
The judge ordered a $50,000 bond with no 10 percent option, and, if he is released, Zeigler will have to attend counseling and wear a Global Positioning System monitor.
'There's a lot more to the story than what's being told and I believe that will come out in court, ' Zeigler told the judge. A woman answered the door, he said, and began yelling nearly immediately, as if he were trying to break into her house.
"Over the last 24 hours I've been working with the leadership of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and Rochester Community Schools and have been kept apprised of the bad incident which occurred yesterday in one of our neighborhoods".
'I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High.
"I looked back behind me, I saw him aiming at me, and I turned back". Her son told the station, "My mom says that black boys get shot because sometimes they don't look their age, and I don't look my age. And I tried to run faster". Security video has not been released, but authorities, Brennan and his mother watched it. "We should not have to live in a society where we have to fend for ourselves", she said. "After watching [security video] and hearing the wife say "why did these people choose my house" I knew it was racially motivated", says Lisa. She also described it as a hate crime.
'We do have the benefit of home security video, ' assistant prosecutor Kelly Collins told the court Friday.
The man is being held at Oakland County Jail and is awaiting possible criminal charges.
"It is just absurd that this happened", he said. He added: "I feel bad for the young man; I feel awful for the mom and the anxiety that they had to go through. If anything - why would I knock on your door to rob you?" "And she kept yelling at me", Brennan told a reporter from Detroit's Fox 2 news. "I'm 14; but I don't look 14", Brennan said.