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Former sheriff’s deputy charged with murder

Roger Boyd mugshot

PORTLAND, Ind. (WPTA21) - A former Jay County Sheriff's Deputy is charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting in his garage last weekend.

Roger Boyd Jr., 35, is charged with murder and criminal confinement in connection to an incident that left James P. Miller dead from a gunshot wound.

Around 2 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, police responded to a shooting incident in the 1200 block of South Bridge Street in Portland.

The suspect in the case called 911 to report a possible burglary, and told dispatchers he shot the suspect.

When police arrived, Boyd was in the yard with his hands in the air. He told responding officers his gun was on the back step.

Miller's motorcycle was parked outside.

Boyd's girlfriend was inside the home with two children at the time of the shooting. She told police they were downstairs smoking when they heard a noise and dogs barking.

That's when she said Boyd went upstairs. After a few minutes, she heard gunshots.

The girlfriend told investigators she didn't hear any screaming or yelling. She told police Boyd came back and said he shot someone.

Boyd told police the shooting was in self-defense and said Miller had a weapon of his own.

However following a search of the scene, investigators didn't find a weapon.

The victim's girlfriend was later discovered in the basement.

She told police after Boyd shot her boyfriend, he spotted her standing in the driveway.

That's when she said Boyd ordered her into his house and told her to go to the basement. She said he still had a gun in his hand.

The woman told investigators she feared for her life and complied.

It has been at least seven years since Boyd was with the Jay County Sheriff's Department, officials said.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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