January 13, 2010 TRI-CITY AREA — A manhunt has begun for a 49-year-old white male charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of personal property and felony firearm stemming from an incident that unfolded in the early morning hours on Friday, Jan. 15.
Police are looking for Attica resident Alan John Miller, who is described as 5'11" tall weighing 190 pounds. He was last seen around the north shore of Elk Lake in Attica.
The incident began around 2 a.m. on Friday, says a Lapeer County Sheriff's Department press release, when deputies responded to a domestic assault complaint on Larson Road.
"Investigation indicated that Alan John Miller...assaulted two individuals with a firearm and fired shots into a vehicle at the Larson Road address," the press release states.
"Prior to Alan Miller leaving the address he made statements that he would kill any police officer who attempted to arrest him."
According to the press release, a warrant was issued later that day, and deputies began their search for Miller.
Around 2 p.m. Central Dispatch received a call that Miller was in the Attica area and had made more threats toward police, the press release states.
During the search, deputies spotted Miller in his vehicle at Lake Pleasant and Peppermill roads and began pursuit on a private drive around Elk Lake.
Police say Miller drove his vehicle onto the lake, crossed the lake and stopped on the north shore.
"While officers responded to this location other officers heard gun shots coming from where the vehicle was parked," the press release states.
Because of the gun shots and Miller's prior reported threats to harm police officers, deputies called in the Oakland County Sheriff Department Special Response Team and helicopter. The K-9 unit of Lapeer City Police also was called to the scene.
"It is believed that during the six hour search Alan Miller was picked up by an unknown associate and left the area," the press release states.
Police are continuing the search for Miller. Anyone with information is asked to call Lapeer County Central Dispatch at 810-667-0292.
For more on this story and all your local news pick up the January 20 print edition of the Tri-City Times.
Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.