Heavily-Armed Boonville Man Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit, Sheriff Says

A Boonville man is now facing at least 12 felony charges after the sheriff's office says he attacked his mother, led authorities on a high-speed pursuit, and was arrested with numerous guns, syringes, vials containing unknown substances, and more.

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 2:22 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2021 7:34 PM

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) says 30-year-old Shawn Miller of Boonville, Indiana, was arrested on Friday after leading deputies on a pursuit that lasted more than 30 minutes and reached speeds of 100MPH.

The sheriff's office says it all started on Friday evening when Miller's parents called 911 and said that he had been in an argument with them at their home and that things had gotten physical.

Shawn Miller, 30, of Boonville (Warrick County Sheriff's Office)

They said that Miller had attacked his mother after she confronted him about an area of the house being in "complete disarray." The sheriff's office says Miller shoulder bumped her, grabbed her throat, and pushed her up against a wall.

Miller's parents told authorities that during the altercation, Miller was extremely angry and agitated and that he was holding a pistol.

According to WCSO, Miller's parents left the home and met with deputies at a local church. As they were in the parking lot, authorities say they saw Miller drive by, and that when they tried to pull him over, he refused.

The sheriff's office says that as Miller led deputies on the pursuit, he ignored all traffic signs and stoplights. After deputies deployed "stop sticks" in Miller's path, the sheriff's office says Miller headed his truck straight at a deputy. The deputy managed to get out of the way and Miller struck the stop sticks with his left front tire.

The sheriff's office says Miller continued driving on the rim at speeds of 60MPH to 80MPH from Oak Hill Road to South Weinbach Avenue, continuing on Weinbach until he reached the T-intersection on Waterworks Road, just by the Indiana-Kentucky border.

That's where the sheriff's office says Miller lost control and struck a vehicle at the intersection. Three people in that vehicle were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

WCSO says Miller was ordered to exit his vehicle and that he was arrested. They say they found a fully loaded semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun on the seat, and that a second loaded handgun, a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic 9 mm, was found in the center console. Two other fully-loaded handguns were also located in the truck, according to the sheriff's office.

When authorities searched Miller’s vehicle, they say they found many hypodermic syringes, vials containing unknown substances, and prescription pill bottles.

They say they also saw multiple rifles in plain view along with numerous plastic ammunition containers. Additional charges may be filed after the truck is fully processed.

Items Found on Miller After Pursuit - WCSO

“This was a very dangerous situation that could have easily turned deadly. Our deputies made the right call in pursuing the suspect, who was considered armed and a danger to himself and others,” said Warrick County Sheriff Michael Wilder. “The family made the right decision to leave their residence when they did. Taking yourself out of a volatile situation is always the safest option.”

Miller was charged with the following:

  • Intimidation, a Level 5 felony;
  • Strangulation, a Level 5 felony;
  • Criminal Recklessness, a Level 6 felony (two counts);
  • Pointing a Firearm, a Level 6 felony;
  • Battery, a Level 6 felony;
  • Resisting Law Enforcement, a Level 6 felony;
  • Possession of a Syringe, a Level 6 felony;
  • Possession of an Unregistered Silencer, federal offense, (four counts)
  • Reckless Driving Causing Injury, a Class A misdemeanor; and
  • Carrying a Handgun Without a License, a Class A misdemeanor.

Miller remains in the Warrick County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

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