Shooting Suspect Charged

by Erika Brooks on February 1, 2013 at 6:17 am

Zanesville police say an area woman remains in critical condition at Good Samaritan hospital after a shooting incident.

Chief Eric Lambes says it happened around 5:15 Thursday evening at 1127 Lafayette Street. Chief Lambes says 50 year-old Margaret Miller was shot in the chest by her 42-year old husband, Dwayne following an argument. She was then locked in a bedroom. Mrs. Miller was able to call out to neighbors for help and authorities were notified. Mr. Miller fled the home on foot to Eastman Street where he hid in a shed. The suspect still armed, remained in a stand-off with the ZPD’s special response team for about two hours.

"Officers had prepared a shotgun with beanbag rounds, that are a non-lethal and luckily we got close enough and they made an attempt to shoot him with those, luckily struck caused him to drop the firearm and there he was taken into custody," said Chief Lambes.

The suspect remains in custody at the Zanesville City Jail. Lambes says he did have a history with Zanesville police.

"This person had some prior issues, possibly threatening suicide he had some drug issues we believe that he was afftected by some narcotics, again we’re still investigating that option," said Lambes.

Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox says he filed charges against Miller. He faces one count of felonious assault with a gun specification. Haddox says a 9 millimeter semi automatic handgun was used in the shooting. Haddox says Miller also faces a repeat violent offender specification in connection with an 1990 attempted murder conviciton in Perry County Common Pleas Court. If convicted, Miller faces 27 years in prison.