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Calvin Lee Miller


By Brian Wudkwych
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Pitt County man was 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 was hospitalized with serious injuries.

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

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

Calvin Miller, 55, 2359 Sheppard Mill Road, ran from the store after the shooting, officials said, prompting a search of the area and a lockdown at nearby Pactolus School. The lockdown was lifted about 1:40 p.m. after his arrest.

Deputies located Miller on foot near the intersection of N.C. 30 and U.S. 264, where he was arrested, 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. 

Charlene Miller outlined several concerns about her husband in the protection order. She wrote that he had 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, Charlene Miller received a video from her daughter that showed Calvin Miller saying that he would kill his wife, according to the protection order. 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.” Miller 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. 

Contact Brian Wudkwych bwudkwych@reflector.com and 329-9567.