Nampa neighbors’ dispute ends in gunfire, felony arrest

James J. Millett
James J. Millett

A 38-year-old Nampa man faces a felony aggravated assault charge after neighbors said he shot at them over the weekend.

About the same time, dispatchers received that report, James J. Millett called dispatch to report that several men battered him and took his 9 mm pistol, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Nampa police.

The incident happened shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of Winter Court.

One man told police that Millett shot at him repeatedly, and he and two other people tackled him and disarmed him. Other witnesses gave similar accounts to officers. No one was reportedly hit by the bullets.

Millett said he fired his pistol in self-defense because one of the men was running toward him and he thought he was going to tackle and hurt him, according to the court document. He said he intended to shoot the man in the leg, according to the affidavit.

Millett told police he had gone over to talk to the neighbors earlier and was told to leave, according to the affidavit. Then, he said, one resident came over and threatened him, and he called dispatch to report it. The gunfire and the forcible disarming of Millett apparently happened a short time later.

Millett was arraigned Monday and later released on $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23.