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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Pitt County man is jailed on charges he shot his wife at a Pactolus store on Tuesday, a day after she filed a domestic violence protection order against him, officials said. The woman remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 a.m. at JP Davenport & Son Store on U.S. 264, where Charlene Miller, the victim, works, according to Lt. Kip Gaskins of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.

Miller filed a domestic violence protection order against her husband, Calvin Lee Miller, the day before, according to Pitt County Clerk of Court records. A temporary order was granted until Friday.

Calvin Miller, 55, of 2359 Sheppard Mill Road, is accused of shooting Charlene Miller at the store then fleeing, prompting a search and daylong lockdown at nearby Pactolus School. The lockdown was lifted about 1:40 p.m. after his arrest.

He was found on foot in the area and was arrested at the intersection of N.C. 30 and U.S. 264, Gaskins said. Miller is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was booked at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. 

Charlene Miller was transported to Vidant Medical Center with serious injuries. 

The protection order indicated concerns that Charlene Miller had. In it, she wrote that her husband threatened her life and burned her personal items, adding that he “threatened to come to my job to get my car and make me lose my job.” 

Employees at JP Davenport & Son declined to comment Tuesday afternoon.

On Sunday, the protection order said, Charlene Miller received a video from her daughter, which showed Calvin Miller saying that he would kill his wife. She wrote, “if drinking, don’t know what he might do.”

The order also said that Calvin Miller lived in a camper in the backyard of Charlene Miller’s property and had “one or two guns.” Charlene also wrote that her husband had a history of suicidal expressions. 

The couple has been married for 34 years and has three adult children, the protection order indicated. 

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The modified lockdown at Pactolus School was lifted just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Pitt County Schools spokesman Travis Lewis said. 

Lewis said the suspect of a crime at nearby JP Davenport & Son Store was apprehended. 

Students were sent home following the lockdown. 

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Pactolus School was put in a modified lockdown early Tuesday morning at the request of the Pitt County Sheriff’s office after a reported incident nearby at the JP Davenport & Son Store, Pitt County Schools spokesman Travis Lewis said. 

PCS received notice from the sheriff’s office about the incident Tuesday morning before school hours and it was requested that Pactolus be put on a modified lockdown as a precautionary measure, Lewis said. 

Students riding buses to school were diverted to Wellcome Middle while those dropped off by parents were put in the modified lockdown along with their teachers. Lewis said all students were safe. 

Lewis did not have details on the incident at the store, but he said he expects the school day to resume normally once the lockdown is lifted. 

“Now we’re just waiting for law enforcement to give us the word that it’s all clear and lift the lockdown so we can bring the kids back to Pactolus School,” he said. 

Further details were not immediately available from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.

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