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Man Points Gun at Students

Charged with Terroristic Threat


Miller Miller On January 26, 2012, at 7:42 a.m., Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer, along with Chief Deputy Nathan Lapham, and Deputies Jeremiah Rudolph and Lee Liles, responded to Dime Box High School regarding a terroristic threat reported by a bus driver to Principal B. Fowler.

The bus driver reported, while on his route picking up student riders, a male student was walking in the front yard of a residence, holding what the driver described as an assault rifle. According to the bus driver, the student appeared to be aiming the rifle in the direction of a young student walking toward the bus.

The bus driver waited for the young student to board his bus, then began to back the bus up for the safety of his riders.

The bus driver noticed, while backing the bus, the student aiming the rifle in the direction of the back end of the school bus. The bus driver, and students on board, took the threat serious. Some of the students began hiding in their seats, as the driver quickly drove away and notified Principal Fowler of the incident.

Lee County Deputies arrived, located and identified the suspect as Justin Miller, 18 years of age. Miller was transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, where he was later charged, arrested and booked into the Lee County Jail for Terroristic Threat.

Deputies were able to locate the weapon, which was found to be a black BB rifle resembling an AR- 15 assault rifle. Even though this incident involved a BB rifle, the Lee County Sheriff ’s Office conducted the investigation as if the weapon was an actual assault rifle, taking this threat extremely serious.

Miller faces a 3rd degree felony charge for Terroristic Threat, punishable by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a term of not more than 10 years nor less than 2 years, and a fine, not to exceed $10,000.

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