A College Station man who was shot and killed Sunday morning after he charged at a Grimes County sheriff's deputy, according to officials, was generally easygoing, say those who knew him.
Management at the Doux Chene apartment complex, where Christopher Michael Miller lived, expressed its condolences Tuesday over his death.
"He was a great guy," said Glenn Wyant, business director of Doux Chene. "We enjoyed his company for a long time. He was very respected and loved by the community."
Despite Miller's mental problems and criminal past, neighbor Sonja Schlandt said he was always nice and would speak to her when they were outside. She said he kept to himself, but was not shy.
"He had friends come over a few times a week, so he did socialize," she said. "One time, they were all over and they had a barbecue outside."
Schlandt said Miller seemed intelligent and was creative. He enjoyed painting, she said, and often showed her his work.
"Last Christmas, his mom bought him a sewing machine, just because he wanted to tinker with it, play around with that to try and create stuff," she said. "That's just how he was. He was very artistic, very creative."
Schlandt said she knew about Miller's mental problems and that he "had been in trouble before in the past, but I never knew the extent of it." But, she said, she never felt threatened by him.
"He had discussed his problems with me," she said. "I realized that he was a little different. But I never had any problems with him."
She said she sometimes offered Miller a ride to the store because he did not have a car. He would walk up the road to Albertson's or Wal-Mart, she said, or be taken to the store by family members. He did not have a job, she said.
Miller, 26, was walking naked along F.M. 2620 in Bedias early Sunday when he was stopped by a Grimes County deputy. Officials said Miller complied with the deputy's instructions to lie on the ground, then jumped up and ran toward the deputy. He was shot in the chest twice and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Grimes County District Attorney Tuck McLain said Miller had been at a home visiting with friends four miles from where he was stopped by the deputy. The group spent Saturday night in the Northgate area in College Station. While on the way to Bedias, their vehicle got stuck in the Navasota River bottom and they had to dig it out, which explained why Miller's clothes were wet when officials recovered them, McLain said. Miller was last seen asleep on the couch before the others left to go to the store; when they returned, Miller was gone, McLain said.
McLain said he is waiting for the results of toxicology tests. While preliminary autopsy results were in Wednesday, the full autopsy will not be ready for another week, he said.
"I'm not expecting to be too surprised by anything in the autopsy," McLain said. "Other than his behavior at the time of the incident, there was no evidence that he was under the influence of anything."
McLain said several subpoenas have been issued to track Miller's criminal history and mental health. Investigators have spoken with a number of people who said Miller had been treated for mental issues for several years, he said.
In December 2002, Miller was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, for which he was serving 10 years' probation, court documents show.
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