Man charged for pointing gun at his neighbor

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By Lisa King

A Bagdad-area man who is the pastor of a church in Louisville was indicted for pointing a loaded gun at his neighbor.

Richard Miller of Cedarmore Road was indicted Sept. 17 in Shelby County District Court on a charge of second-degree wanton endangerment, a misdemeanor.

The incident happened on July 24, when Miller allegedly pointed a loaded pistol at Dana Duncan, a next-door neighbor.

Miller is scheduled to be arraigned in Shelby District Court on Tuesday.

Miller said Duncan filed charges against him after the altercation.

"He came at me with a weedeater, and I felt threatened,' said Miller, who added that he did not intend to point the gun at Duncan only to have it ready to protect himself.

Duncan could not be reached for comment.

Miller said that he and Duncan have been having words since Miller moved next door, saying Duncan had called him racial names.

"He said, 'Everything was fine until you people came,'" Miller said. "For this to be 2008, I would never expect somebody to be waving a Confederate flag."

Miller said he wishes he could "take it back.

I am really embarrassed about this. I am a minister, but I am human, too, and I can only take so much. But he is still my neighbor, and I want to ask everybody in the community to pray for me and for him that we can get this resolved and live in peace."

The case, which is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police, first was presented to the Shelby County Grand Jury, which returned a misdemeanor indictment, so the case was remanded back to District Court.

Miller also is a real-estate agent at Century 21 in Shelbyville. Bob Dorgan, who works with Miller, said he had no comment.

"I don't know anything about it, and I don't want to," he said.