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Ochiltree County Murder Investigation

Michael Goolie Miller (Courtesy of Perryton Herald) Michael Goolie Miller (Courtesy of Perryton Herald)
Chuckwa Don Crabtree Chuckwa Don Crabtree

Ali Allison
NewsChannel 10

The Ochiltree County Sheriff is investigating the shooting of longtime county resident, Mike Miller.

Mike Miller was a father, a third generation farmer and a one time County Commission Candidate.

"He was kind of a fixture around here he was just Mike" says Ochiltree County Sheriff Terry Bouchard.

34 year old Chuckwa Don Crabtree was living with Miller for the last three weeks as a friend and care taker. Family tells us Mike had bailed Crabtree out of jail recently.

Miller suffered from MS and was in a wheelchair. Sometime after two p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Miller was shot in the neck while sitting in his bedroom.

Crabtree was arrested later in the afternoon for the murder. Crabtree's mother Donna who lives in Gainesville, TX called the police who then called Ochiltree County because she said her son told her he had killed a man and was going to kill himself.

When police arrived at the home 15 mile S.E. of Perryton , Crabtree was running across a open field towards the rural residence.

"When we got there we observed a man running towards the residence we lost sight of him behind the out buildings we didn't know at the time he was armed," says Bouchard.

He surrendered after a brief stand off with authorities. The Sheriff says he was holding a AK-47 weapon and was under the influence of alcohol.

"We are still young in the investigation, I don't think it was premeditated," says Bouchard.

Crabtree remains in the Ochiltree County Jail on a 750,000 bond.

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