New details emerge in fatal Madison Township shooting

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A Pataskala man fatally shot July 27 in Madison Township was hit by three bullets, one of which struck him in the head, township police said Friday.

Robert Miller, 44, was driving a Cadillac Escalade on Bixby Road when he was shot around 11:30 p.m. that night.

The shooting remains under investigation, but the passenger side window on the Escalade was rolled down, suggesting that Miller was speaking to someone outside the vehicle shortly before the shooting, Madison Township police detective Keith Mallory said.

Mallory and fellow Madison Township police detective Brian Schwotzer released new details of the fatal shooting Friday.

“We’re pretty sure the conversation he was having was with the shooter,” Mallory said. Two bullets grazed Miller’s chest and the fatal shot hit him in the head.

The Escalade swerved and struck a utility pole after Miller was shot. Some of the houses in the surrounding neighborhood lost electricity as a result.

A motorist driving roughly a half-mile behind Miller’s Escalade saw his vehicle swerve and strike the utility pole, police said.

Investigators canvassed the rural neighborhood marked by corn and bean fields and a few houses, but were unable to find any witnesses to the shooting, Mallory said. Most of those who live in the neighborhood were asleep at the time, he said.

Investigators have a person of interest in the case, police said, and have executed search warrants.

“We did recover evidence out of the search warrants,” Mallory said.

He said police are working to match a specific gun to the shooting but wouldn’t go into detail, citing the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to contact detective Mallory at [email protected] or detective Schwotzer at [email protected]

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