Michael A. Mills

Michael Mills

A dispute over rent led to a fatal shooting last week in a southeast Colorado Springs home, an arrest affidavit shows.

Paul Miller, 35, was shot in the neck and groin Wednesday evening, allegedly by his mother’s roommate, Michael Mills, 56, in a house in the 3400 block of Springnite Drive.

The affidavit gives this account:

Mills had been having problems over rent with his “landlord/ex-girlfriend,” Corina Miller, 54. During a heated dispute, Mills said, Miller threatened to send his dog, an Akita named Malice, to attack Mills and his cats.

Mills grabbed his revolver and loaded it, closing the sliding glass door to his bedroom while Miller went to get his dog.

Miller returned and opened the door, walked in and pushed Mills four times, so Mills shot him, the affidavit says.

Corina Miller called police about 7 p.m., saying her son had been shot. Moments later, Mills called police to say he had shot his roommate’s son.

When police arrived, they found Paul Miller sitting on a staircase with three to four gunshot wounds. He was rushed to UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, where he died.

Mills, who was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, remains in El Paso County jail on a $50,000 bond, inmate records show.

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Jessica is a 2019 intern at The Gazette. She is a Colorado native who is currently a student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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