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Investigators: Sanford man shot, killed son kicking door

Posted June 19, 2010
Updated June 20, 2010

— A 71-year-old Sanford man shot and killed his son who was banging and kicking on his door and threatening to kill him late Friday, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said that Neil Miller heard someone walking around his house at 4613 Carbonton Road, west of Sanford, around 11:30 p.m., so he called 911. A man started banging on the door and kicked out one of its panels.

When the man yelled, the homeowner said he recognized his son, Ricky Dean Miller. Investigators said that Ricky Miller yelled that if his father didn't open the door, he would kill his father.

Neil Miller told authorities that he felt his life was in danger, so he got a shotgun and fired through a hole in the door. He was still on the phone with 911 dispatchers at the time.

Investigators said that Ricky Miller was shot once in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not armed.

Neil Miller said his son had come to live with him after being released from prison in Virginia five months ago, investigators said. The father said that he had told his son to leave the house a week ago and hadn't seen him again until Friday night.

Investigators took Neil Miller into custody and released him after questioning.

No charges have been filed, but authorities said the investigation was ongoing. Investigators plan to talk with the Lee County District Attorney's Office Monday.

An autopsy will be performed on the body of Ricky Miller at the Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill.


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  • SeanRice Jun 21, 2010

    He did call the police. That part is in the story.

  • wildcat Jun 21, 2010

    Having guns in ones posession is just a means of finding self getting into serious trouble. Lock these guns up or better still get them out of the house and away from you.

  • wildcat Jun 21, 2010

    Neil Miller told authorities that he felt his life was in danger, so he got a shotgun and fired through a hole in the door.

    The father should have called the police instead of taking matters into his own hands. You cannot turn the clock back on this one. There will be murder charges because he die not have to shoot through the door. He allow this son to come back and live with him. He knew the kind of son he was; but still he allowed it.

  • wildcat Jun 21, 2010

    Self defense! he got a shotgun and fired through a hole in the door.

    I don't think so. This was clear murder on the father's part. he did not have to shoot the son. He should have never given his son to return to his home after his time in prison.

  • Desiderata Jun 21, 2010

    Pray for


    Praying for Mr Miller..this is a tough thing to have had to do..At least now he will not have to worry about his son threatening him any more . Self defense!

  • GroupOfPricklyPears Jun 21, 2010

    WRAL where are the comments that were posted to this story?