Man in custody after reportedly shooting wife

By Dean Wright -

Charles Miller

Charles Miller

PORTER — Police took a Gallia County man into custody Sunday evening after he reportedly shot his wife during a domestic altercation in the Porter area.

At roughly 5 p.m. Sunday, the Gallia County 911 Center received a call from a person asking for a deputy to respond to the Korner Store on State Route 160 so he could take the deputy to the residence where the caller’s friend was having an issue with a male individual. While driving to the call, deputies receive another call saying the victim, Sarah Miller, 46, was found unresponsive in a ditch near the residence in question.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said the residence of the altercation was on Porter Road at the Clark Chapel Road intersection. Authorities were reportedly contacted by the witness to the dispute.

The search began for Sarah Miller’s husband, Charles Miller, 39, and, at roughly 7:05 p.m., Charles’ vehicle was discovered on State Route 160 near Swango Road.

“Looks like there was a domestic (situation),” Browning said. “A female victim was shot. The report was she was involved in a dispute with her husband. His vehicle was spotted on the roadway. Deputies attempted to stop him. He immediately fled. Deputies and (Ohio State Highway Patrol) troopers pursued him. He ended up crashing. He was taken into custody after that. He had just minor injuries as a result of the crash. We’re investigating now.”

Officers pursued Miller until he was found crashed on Old Hallow Road near Reese Road in Addison Township. According to Browning, the pursuit spanned over Greenfield and Addison townships and may have potentially dipped into Morgan Township.

Browning said officers took Charles Miller into custody around 8 p.m. Sunday. He is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail pending recommendations from the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office. Browning said Charles Miller will be cited for traffic charges related to the pursuit.

Agencies on scene for the investigation included Gallia County EMS, Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Springfield Township Fire Department and Gallia County Coroner’s Office.

Browning said he extends his “heartfelt condolences to the families involved.”

Charges may be filed as early as Tuesday in the case, according to Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

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By Dean Wright