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February 25, 2013

Man accused of shooting his wife in Jeffersonville turns himself in

Four-day search comes to an end

JEFFERSONVILLE — After nearly four days of eluding police, a man wanted for shooting his wife in their Jeffersonville home last week surrendered to authorities Monday morning.

Fredrick W. Miller, 41, turned himself in at the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex about 7:45 a.m. Jail officials contacted Jeffersonville police who took Miller into custody and questioned him for nearly two hours. 

Before he was returned and booked into the jail, Miller was preliminarily charged with A felony attempted murder.

Jeffersonville police Detective Todd Hollis said that Miller admitted to shooting his wife.

“He gave some different explanations as to why he shot his wife,” Hollis said. “I would consider what he told us a partial confession.”

Authorities responded to the Miller household about 1 a.m. Feb. 21 at 813 Colonial Park Drive and found Miller’s wife with two bullet wounds in one of her legs. Police have said his wife is expected to survive.

Police previously reported the woman was holding the couple’s 1-year-old child as Miller fired at his wife. Their 2- and 3-year-old children were also in the immediate area when the shooting occurred, police said.

Hollis said police had received information over the weekend that Miller had plans to turn himself in to authorities.

“We had information going back two days that he intended to turn himself in, but we continued to look for him,” he said. “People will often say they plan to turn themselves in, but never do. We don’t take anyone at their word.”

Hollis declined to say who provided police the information.

Miller told police during the interview that he had been in the area, mostly in Louisville, since the domestic incident.

Before Miller was booked into the jail, “[Miller] said that he was hoping to see his children soon,” Hollis said.

According to his arrest warrant, Miller also faces preliminarily charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a class B felony, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a class C felony, two counts of neglect of a dependent, a class D felony, and interference with reporting of a crime, a class A misdemeanor.

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