1 Utah man dead, another in custody after Sunday shooting

The suspect claimed self-defense, but police say “there was no immediate threat.”

One man is dead and another was arrested after a shooting in Minersville early Sunday.

Mike Allen Miller, 25, was charged in 5th District Court with murder, a first-degree felony.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m., a Beaver County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to a home near 400 West and 100 South in Minersville, which is about 18 miles southwest of Beaver. When the officer arrived, he found a 38-year-old man in the garage “slumped over and bleeding from an obvious wound in his back, near his left shoulder blade,” according to a probable cause statement.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was “semi-responsive” and told medical staff “he did not shoot himself.” He was taken by ambulance to the Beaver Valley Hospital in Beaver, where he died a short time later.

According to witnesses, the victim had been arguing with Miller earlier in the day. Officers found Miller in a parked car several blocks away at about 7:45 a.m. When taken into custody, Miller told officers that he shot the man who died in an act of self-defense.

When questioned again later in the day, the suspect told police that he thought he was “protecting other residents in the home,” police wrote.

However, police determined that there was “no immediate threat of serious bodily injury or death” and that Miller “admitted that there were other options that he could have used other than deadly force.”

Miller was booked into Beaver County jail, where he is being held without bail.

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