Sometime just before 2 pm on Monday police recieved a 911 from James Morris, 51. He allegedly told the dispatcher that his wife had come home from work for lunch, and had planned to return to work. He said he had gone to work that day, but had come home because he was sick. He said he and his wife had been in a struggle, and that he had shot her. He also stated he was armed with a shotgun.
Police who responded to the home report they heard a single shot being fired. Upon searching the home they found Royceanne Miller, 49, on the back deck. She was covered in a blanket and according to reports she had been shot once in the back, near the lumbar spine.
They found James Morris on the back patio. He was in a chair with the shotgun by his side. He was dead from what they are calling an “apparent self-inflicted injury.”
Detectives say it did appear there had been a struggle in the home as there were several decorative items that had been knocked over. Police say there had been no previous calls to the home for domestic violence.
Royceanne Miller was still alive. She was taken to the hospital where she has undergone 4 surgeries. She remains in critical condition. She did not have health insurance, and the community is banding together to come up with funds to try to assist with her health care costs.
Domestic violence detective Tommy Roberts is reviewing the case to determine the cause and “I’m going to try to piece this together to hopefully prevent this from happening in the future.”
They are calling them domestic violence detectives, though they do not explain the term. Somehow the thought that perhaps they have assembled a team that deals with only domestic violence cases is somehow reassuring to me.
Just the action of appointing a DV team does acknowlege there is a difference between DV and other types of cases. Experience will help a lot, and if there is training also, then they may be taking a step ahead. If they are actually talking to survivors- finding out what worked for them and what didn’t, then they will really be making major strides.