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Posted on: August 25, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 2 People Shot During Domestic Violence Incident on S. Assembly Road

PR 2023

2 People Shot During Domestic Violence Incident on S. Assembly Road


Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Detectives continue their investigation into a domestic violence incident that escalated quickly last night.  Two people were shot and transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  All three persons involved are family members (2 adults and 1 juvenile).  One adult male was arrested at the scene, the second adult male was arrested following his release from the hospital, and the juvenile female was not charged.    

On August 24, 2023, at approximately 9:10 pm, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported domestic violence/shooting at a residence in the 7400 block of S. Assembly Road.    

Deputies arrived to learn a domestic violence argument began involving 39-year-old Donald J. Miller, his nephew, 35-year-old David J. Miller, and Donald’s niece, a 17-year-old female.  

Initial information provided to Deputies appears to indicate an argument between Donald and David quickly escalated when David physically attacked Donald, placing his hands around Donald’s neck, restricting his ability to breathe.  The juvenile tried to break up the physical fight, but this only turned David’s anger toward her, leading to her being assaulted.   During the attack, she attempted to call a family member, which only angered David more.  

Donald stated he was concerned for his and the juvenile’s safety, so he retrieved a handgun and yelled, telling David to stop violently assaulting the female.   David looked over, appeared to notice the pistol, and aggressively approached Donald.  Donald, stating he was in fear for his life and the life of the juvenile, shot David in the leg.  Instead of stopping, David continued to approach Donald, and Donald fired additional shots.  The female was unintentionally hit in the foot during the shooting as she tried to break up the altercation again.      

As Donald tried to render aid to David and the female, David pleaded with them not to contact the police because he was fearful of being arrested.

David fled the scene on a motorcycle prior to the arrival of Deputies.  He went to a residence in the 8900 block of W. Hope Road, and a family member transported him to the hospital for medical treatment of his gunshot wounds.

Deputies responded to the Hope Road address and located the motorcycle David rode.  A check of the VIN showed it had been reported stolen in May of this year.  

Additional Deputies learned David was being transported to a hospital, and they arrived as David, still seated in the passenger’s seat of a vehicle, began to receive medical treatment. 

Major Crimes Detectives were summoned and responded to the multiple scenes to conduct an investigation.  Search warrants were obtained for both residences and later served.  Additional firearms were seized at Donald’s home, and with the assistance of the Spokane County Forensic Unit, the location was processed for evidence. 

The stolen motorcycle driven by David was seized as evidence.  The home on Hope Road was processed for evidence by Major Crimes Detectives and Forensic Unit Specialists.  

After being treated at the hospital and released, David was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 2nd Degree (DV), Assault 4th Degree (DV), and Possession of a Stolen Motorcycle. 

Donald received minor injuries that did not require additional medical treatment at a hospital.  He was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree.  

The juvenile female was transported to the hospital for her non-life-threatening wound and was not charged with a crime.  

No one else was reported to be injured during this incident.  

As previously stated, this is a synopsis of initial information provided at the beginning of the investigation.  Major Crimes Detectives continue to investigate, and additional charges or changes to the charges are possible depending on the investigative findings once completed.           


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