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Man charged with attempted murder

BIG BRANCH – A Salyersville man was arrested for attempted murder on Sunday.

According to the arrest warrant, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Jonathan Holbrook was called to a shooting in the Big Branch community of Magoffin County, just off of KY 114, midday Friday, April 9.

Upon arrival, Holbrook made contact with the victim, who had a gunshot wound on the right side of her chest. The victim was alert and walking around when police arrived.

The victim told police that she and Steven Michael Miller, 36, of Big Branch, Salyersville, had been arguing and she went to visit a family member. Miller reportedly followed her to that residence and the argument continued. According to the warrant, Miller allegedly pulled out a 9mm Taurus handgun from a shoulder holster and shot her. The bullet reportedly grazed her right breast, went through the couch, the wall of the residence and ended up outside, ricocheting off of a rock on the hillside.

Another person was sitting on the couch next to the victim when the alleged shooting occurred, who provided a statement to police.

According to the warrant, Miller left the residence and fled on foot, still in possession of the firearm.

At approximately 1:32 a.m. on April 11, Kentucky State Police Trooper Tracy Salyer executed the warrant on Miller, taking him to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time.

Miller is currently charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and attempted murder. A preliminary hearing in his felony case is slated for April 19 at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

Editor’s Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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