Crime

Kuna woman pleads not guilty to assaulting officers

Robin Ann Miller, 58, will go on trial in August after pleading not guilty this week to a charge stemming from her allegedly shooting toward police during a 6-hour standoff in January.

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

The jury trial is set for Aug. 17 in the courtroom of 4th District Judge Timothy Hansen.

At a court hearing earlier this month, a deputy with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office said he arrived to hear a woman calling for help in the 1300 block of South Cholla Drive at about 3 a.m. Jan. 14. Deputy Matthew Able determined the voice had come from the basement of a house in the neighborhood and he was able to speak through a window to a woman later identified as Miller.

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.

At the same hearing, 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.

Banging heard within the house sounded like a barricade was being erected in front of a door to keep police from coming inside, Durbin said.

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.

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