A Rhea County man accused of shooting an officer is now fighting to clear his name. Keith Miller claims he never fired a shot after deputies responded to a domestic violence call at his house this past June. Miller barricaded himself in a back bedroom during the incident.
Deputy Eric McMillan originally said in a sworn affidavit he kicked in the bedroom door and Miller was standing there with a firearm. McMillan said in the statement Miller fired a single shot that hit the deputy in his leg.
However, Miller’s attorney said the deputy has changed his story to Miller just pointing the gun in the officers direction. The attorney added that no bullet, no casing or no bullet hole were ever located in the residence. Testing for gunshot residue on the officer’s pants and an examination of the wound reportedly show the gun was not fired.
Miller’s attorney said a theory of how the officer was injured is the deputy broke a mirror when he kicked the door open and cut himself in the process.
Miller was originally arrested for attempted criminal homicide, domestic assault and three counts of aggravated assault. Only the attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault remain. The other counts were dropped.
A grand jury will meet October 9, 2020 to review the case.