Shooting Suspect's Mother: Son Isn't "Cold Blooded"

Michael Miller made his first court appearance Thursday after a three county manhunt. He's accused of shooting someone in Washington multiple times Tuesday night. Police have not released the victim's name. Miller's mother spoke with WITN and says tensions had heightened the past few days after a fight between the victim and a close friend of her son's.

Thursday 20-year old Miller was assigned an attorney and read the charges against him which include assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

His mother says she does not support his actions, but says her son felt threatened.

"I believe he did what he did because it was either him or the other guy. I just want everybody to know my son is not a cold blooded person," said miller's mother Amy Cox.

Cox says her son never reported any alleged threats from the victim to police.

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The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says Michael Miller, the 20-year-old wanted for the shooting of a man in Washington on Mallison Harvey Road about 10pm Tuesday was arrested Wednesday evening.

Deputies say Miller was found at a residence in Martin County, but they have not said who the home belongs to or if anyone else was inside at the time of the arrest.

Miller went before a Beaufort County magistrate to set bond for 3 charges- assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, and an oustanding probation violation.

Miller is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $525,000 bond.

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A manhunt is underway for a shooting suspect who is considered armed and dangerous.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says they are searching for 20-year-old Michael Miller of Washington. Miller is wanted for a shooting on Mallison Harvey Road in Washington.

Officials believe he shot a person multiple times just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputies say although the shooting happened in Washington, Miller may be in the Greenville area.

Miller is a registered sex offender, just getting out from behind bars about five months ago. He was previously convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor. In those five months since being released, Miller has been charged with a handful of crimes ranging from DWI to simple assault.

The victim was transported to the hospital in Washington before being transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The victim's name has not been released. Officials say he is in fair condition at the hospital.

Lt. Jamie Cahoon with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened in the middle of the road. She says the two men know each other and have had disputes in the past.

Anyone with information on the crime or the whereabouts of Miller is asked to call Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at (252) 974-6400.


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  • by bionca Location: raleigh on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:51 PM
    Who are yall to judge this man. Yes he has mad mistake but you all want to talk about all the bad he did why didn't you give him guidance try to reach out to him that's what's wrong with the America they want want but can never give...you might say that's is his mamas job but sometimes the parent needs help too so don't judge cause I'm sure your hands are not clean...to Michaels family ily and you are in my prayers @jasmine tell em <3
  • by bionca Location: raleigh on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:51 PM
    Who are yall to judge this man. Yes he has mad mistake but you all want to talk about all the bad he did why didn't you give him guidance try to reach out to him that's what's wrong with the America they want want but can never give...you might say that's is his mamas job but sometimes the parent needs help too so don't judge cause I'm sure your hands are not clean...to Michaels family ily and you are in my prayers @jasmine tell em <3
  • by jasmine Location: raleigh on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    Okay, I'm here to say to those who dont know him dont judge him and if so who are you to judge him? Yes he has been in some trouble before but if yall life was threathened or even if you feel threathed you would save your life to because it's either your life or theirs right. For the record for the person that said he was just getting out from jail because he rapped someone that is false information it was consentual sex she got caught and in order for her not to get in trouble thats the lie she made. But I do understand you can not take a life that you cant bring back but who are any of you to judge?
  • by Good for him on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    I am so glad the they got him maybe this time he will not get out. Stop with how good he is there is no good in him. Away has been a trouble maker. Ya I know he broke in my house before.
  • by Aimee on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    oh wow. really? do you know him? of course not. why are yall up here being nosy and judging him. he is a great guy and how can you blame him for being loyal to a friend?
  • by nlee1 Location: Bertie on Apr 13, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    NICE! SURE! Right, I am sure he is a very good boy....
  • by a new day Location: nc on Apr 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    If you have EVER had any problems with the Court System, or Law Enforcement Officials in Eastern North Carolina please email us at Anewdayoutreach@gmail.com it is time to stop the madness and put an end to this corruption.
  • by Loso Location: Washington on Apr 11, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    Oh he has terrorized beaufort county since his teen years and we the people who have witnessed it cant pass judgement? HA. Good Riddance Mr. Miller. I know your idea of a "good time" all too well.
  • by who is it Location: nc on Apr 10, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    Has anyone foundt out who got shot....still would like to know......
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    Most of the kids today think that pulling a trigger makes you tough,a man.Fact is if you slapped on of theese punks they would cry.Kids today are cowards and thugs.What happend to the good old days?WE DESTROYED THEM WITH OUR CULTURE
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