HUDSON, Fla. — While the investigation continues into a fatal shooting in Hudson Tuesday evening, neighbors offered conflicting descriptions of the man who was killed. Some we spoke to were surprised by his actions, while others said he was known for causing trouble.
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According to the sheriff’s office, James Miller, 50, entered a neighbor’s property Tuesday and threatened him. He also allegedly physically battered a woman who lives at the home and ignored warnings to leave the property.
That’s when the neighbor shot him.
“I heard a boom, and I knew it was a gunshot,” said neighbor Mike Carroll.
Carroll said when he ran outside, he saw Miller laying in the driveway next door and called 911.
Linda Warren, meanwhile, was watching TV down the street when she heard the gunshot.
“I said, ‘Oh, my God – James, what did you do?’” Warren said of her initial reaction to the sound.
Warren said she’d known Miller for 25 years.
“He’s been raising Cain with the neighbors, accusing all the guys around of having an affair with his girlfriend and giving her drugs and alcohol,” Warren said.
Still, Warren said the details of what happened surprised her.
“It’s not like James. It’s just not like James to do something like that,” she said.
It's still unclear what exactly prompted the verbal dispute that escalated into violence Tuesday.
Neighbor Carol Stinson said she met Miller about three years ago.
“He was a really nice guy,” Stinson said. “He’s a hard worker. We go up, drink beer and have a cookout.”
Several neighbors, however, said Miller was known for causing trouble with people who live nearby.
“I really don’t know the man. I really don’t know them very well except they’re very nice, very quiet people,” Carroll said of people who live in the home where the incident took place. “They’re no problem at all, but this guy was just a maniac.”
No charges had been filed against the reported shooter as of Wednesday afternoon. According to the Sheriff's Office, he is cooperating with the investigation.