Kuna woman’s shooting case sent to district court

A judge ruled this week that probable cause exists to try a Kuna woman in district court for allegedly shooting toward police during a 6-hour standoff in January.

Matthew Able, a deputy with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, testified at a preliminary hearing Monday that he arrived to hear a woman calling for help at about 3 a.m. on Jan. 14 in the 1300 block of South Cholla Drive. He determined the voice had come from the basement of a house in the neighborhood and was able to speak to a woman later identified as Robin Ann Miller, 58, through a window.

Miller refused to say why she needed help and would not come outside to speak with officers. At some point, she told Able she didn’t have to answer his questions. She told him she wanted her attorney.

Later, police tossed a phone inside the window and asked Miller to answer it so she could speak with a police negotiator. Miller said she was unable to reach the phone, Able said.

Jake Durbin, a Meridian police detective, said a shot was fired from inside the residence at about 8:15 a.m. No one was struck by the shot and Durbin said Miller had not said anything before firing.

“There was no shouting. There were no threats,” Durbin said.

The only thing he heard was banging inside the house. He said it sounded like a barricade was being erected in front of a door to keep police from coming inside.

After the shot was fired, police brought in an armored vehicle to assist a SWAT team already at the scene. Deputies used the vehicle for cover as they evacuated residents from 12 neighboring homes.

Miller was apprehended after sending a robot inside the house to broadcast a video feed so that deputies could speak to Miller, who was in a bedroom. Swat members threw in some flash-bang devices, entered the bedroom and took Miller into custody.

Neither Miller nor any officers were hurt.

Miller is charged with assault and battery on a police officer. If convicted, she could face up to 25 years in prison.

Magistrate Michael Oths ordered Miller to return to court April 22 for arraignment before 4th District Judge Timothy Hansen.