Police struggling to find motive in Midtown shooting


by Derek Smith

Anchorage, AK--   It's at this location right behind me just 24 hours ago where police say they received a phone call from a male saying "He shot the Filipeno."

That male is long time Anchorage resident Paul Miller who police say, " reported his own crime. "

Miller's bail was set to five-hundred thousand dollars earlier today after court documents revealed he shot 63 year old Eduardo Escalante multiple times, including the neck in the midtown assistance living home Escalante worked at.

  "We have interviewed the wife of the deceased, no indication from either person whether the suspect or survivor had any issues, nor any indication that there was a struggle," Investigator Mike Couturier says.

Although no signs of struggles were detected prior to the shooting,  Miller refused to tell investigators why he killed his caretaker.
     Court documents also reveal this is Miller's 22nd offense from a rap sheet that dates back to 1982.

   " Miller has an extensive criminal background, including several assault charges," the Defense Attorney stated during Miller's arraignment.

     When APD officials arrived to the location at 24th avenue 5:30 P.M. Tuesday, officers found Escalante deceased after the Filipeno native sustained several gun shot wounds.
     Miller was taken into custody in his wheelchair without incident.

  There was another male present during the shooting, but according to APD officials, had no observance to the incident.
     Police say they are puzzled why the shooting happened and question where Miller even obtained the .380 calibur semi-automatic hand gun that took Escalante's life.


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