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He was a convict. He shouldn't have had a gun. But woops -- he had ten! And was using them. He's back in jail

DAVID F. ASHTON - This is the Plaid Pantry store in the Woodstock neighborhood where a man wanted in a prior shooting brandished a gun at the clerk in anger, leading ultimately to his arrest. Police hadn't yet made an arrest in an injury shooting that took place on Monday, February 1, at 5:37 a.m. along E. Burnside Street, near 105th Avenue, in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

But, they got help from the suspect himself – on Wednesday evening, March 10 – when what turned out to be the same guy got annoyed at a clerk at the Plaid Pantry store on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 42nd Avenue, and pulled a gun at 11:19 p.m.

Arriving officers learned from a store employee that a man had tried to microwave food inside the business, which is against their policy. During the incident, the suspect pulled out a gun, he said, and pointed it at him. He described the vehicle and the suspect to investigators, but he had left, and at first they couldn't find him.

But at 12:51 a.m., later the same night, officers were dispatched to make a "Welfare Check", 1.5 miles north of the Woodstock convenience store, in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood. They found a vehicle stopped near Creston Park, where the driver was reported by residents to be acting suspiciously.

Observing that the driver and vehicle matched the descriptions given by the Plaid Pantry clerk in Woodstock, officers detained 32-year-old Cole Tyler Miller.

Miller was subsequently booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 11:02 a.m. on March 11, on a variety of charges – including the Misdemeanor of Menacing, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a Felony charge.

But, surprisingly, there were soon several more felony charges – Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon – added to Miller's booking. THE BEE found out why, on Friday, March 12. That's when Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Miller had been charged with that February 1st Hazelwood attempted murder and assault, as well.

"It was Cole Miller who shot me"

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Facing numerous felony charges, and still in jail, is 32-year-old Cole Tyler Miller. According to court documents, the victim of the Hazelwood shooting had told officers, "In case I die, I want someone to know that it was Cole Miller who shot me." The shooting victim learned at the hospital that the bullet had lodged near or in his spine, and that doctors were unable safely to remove it, but at this time he has not died of the injury.

During the first investigation, court papers also said, detectives learned that Miller and the shooting victim were known to each other, and had been involved in a dispute.

Additionally, Miller was now identified as the suspect in the Woodstock store menacing occurrence on March 11.

Suspect had an arsenal of weapons

During a search of Miller's vehicle in the wee hours of March 13, officers were shocked to find no less than five AR-15 rifles, a Glock 17 handgun, two Glock 43 handguns, and a loaded .45 caliber handgun. They also found a "ghost-gun" (an assembled firearm that lacks serial numbers) resembling a Glock 19 pistol – in addition to other gun paraphernalia, including a rifle scope.

According to court records, Miller is a convicted felon, and therefore is prohibited from being in possession of any firearm, let alone ten of them.

Although some charges were dropped, Miller is still charged with one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, one count of Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm, two counts of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm with a "Firearm Enhancement", and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm.

And Miller is still lodged in the MCDC jail, awaiting trial, in lieu of $515,000 combined bail.


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