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UPDATE: Man Pleads Not Guilty to Shooting Police Officer, Bond Set

By: WSAZ News; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 10/23/12 @ 1:20 p.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man charged with shooting a Gallipolis Police Officer has pleaded not guilty.

Cole Miller, 28, of Gallipolis, Ohio, was arraigned Tuesday on attempted aggravated murder, three counts of felonious assault, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

The charges stem back to September 24. Investigators say Gallipolis Police Officer Jamie Bartels, who was responding to a domestic call, was shot by Miller.

Bartels has undergone several surgeries since the shooting.

Bond for Miller was set at $1 million, ten percent cash.

His trial has been set for December 17.

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UPDATE 10/19/12 @ 5:45 p.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The man investigators say shot a Gallipolis Police Officer has been indicted by a Gallia County Grand Jury.

According to court documents, Cole Miller was indicted on charges of attempted aggravated murder, three counts of felonious assault, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

The charges stem from an incident on September 24.

Officer Jamie Bartels was responding to a domestic violence call when Miller allegedly shot Patrolman James Bartels during a domestic dispute in Gallia County, Ohio.

Bartels was shot with a shotgun while responding to the call. He has a long road of recovery ahead of him that includes nearly two years of surgeries and physical therapy.

Miller will back in court for a pre-trial hearing in the next few weeks.



UPDATE 10/4/12 @ 9:20 a.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An officer who was shot in the line of duty, responding to a domestic call, is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday.

Gallipolis Police Officer Jamie Bartels was shot on September 23.

He was responding to a domestic call on McCormick Road in Gallia County when he was shot in the shoulder with a shotgun.

Cole Miller has been arrested in connection with the shooting. He is charged with attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault and aggravated burglary.

Miller was in court earlier this week, where his case was bound over to the grand jury. He is being held in the Nelsonville Regional Jail after threatening suicide in the Gallia County Jail the night after he was arrested.

The next grand jury meets in Gallia County on October 18.

Bartels is expected to fully recover from the shooting, but told WSAZ.com last week that he will not continue to be a police officer. He says after 15 years in law enforcement, he will be finding a new career.

He will have to undergo several surgeries and therapy in the next couple of years.

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UPDATE 10/2/12 @ 1:20 p.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The man accused of shooting a Gallipolis police officer was back in court Tuesday morning.

Cole Miller is being charged with attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault and aggravated burglary.

Back on Sept. 24, Miller allegedly shot Patrolman James Bartels during a domestic dispute in Gallia County, Ohio.

Bartels was shot with a shotgun while responding to the call. He has a long road of recovery ahead of him that includes nearly two years of surgeries and physical therapy.

Tuesday morning, the case was bound over to the Gallia County Grand Jury.

Miller is being held in the Nelsonville Regional Jail after threatening suicide in the Gallia County Jail the night after he was arrested.

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UPDATE 9/28/12 @ 8:20 p.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An officer shot in the line of duty has lived to tell the story.

Gallipolis Police Officer Jamie Bartels was responding to a domestic violence call of a man with a shotgun.

Little did he know that gun would be fired at him. Bartels is thankful to be alive.

“I could feel it,” Bartels said. I knew death was close.”

He recalls the early morning hours of Monday -- shortly after 1 a.m. when he and his partner with Gallipolis Police received a call for domestic violence and shots had been fired.

“The door to an apartment opened, and I heard one shotgun blast,” Bartels said.

That shot didn't hit Bartels, but gave him a bad feeling. Cole Miller was armed inside that apartment -- his 8-month pregnant girlfriend with him, and the officers could hear her crying.

“I went to my cruiser to get my shotgun and told her I had a bad feeling this is going to get bad,” Bartels said.

Things did get bad and fast. Bartels never even heard the shot that hit him in the upper arm.

“Whenever I felt it, my hand went numb,” he said. “I had no use of my arm. Blood was spraying through my uniform into my face.”

Bartels was taken to Holzer Medical Center and then Cabell Huntington Hospital where he underwent surgery. One of the procedures included slicing clear down his forearm.

“That is to control the swelling and pull the foreign debris out,” he said.

Bartels has a long road of recovery ahead of him that includes nearly two years of surgeries and physical therapy. Understandably, he has no love for Miller.

“Yeah, I have hard feelings for him,” he said. “My question for him would by, why? You had the beef with your girlfriend and aunt. Why take it out on us?”

They're questions he may never have answered. But, one thing is for sure -- he's calling a 15-year career in law enforcement quits.

“I’m done. I'm ready for a new career,” Bartels said.



UPDATE 9/26/12 @ 11:40 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Gallipolis Police officer shot earlier this week in the line of duty continues to improve, and a fund has been set up to help his family with medical expenses.

Patrolman Jamie Bartels was responding to a call of a former marine accused of firing a shotgun outside his home in Gallia County.

Officers say Cole Miller fired a shot, hitting Bartels in the arm. We were told Wednesday night that Bartels is listed in good condition.

In addition, the Gallipolis Police Department has set up an account to assist the officer and his family with medical expenses. Donations can be dropped off at any local Wesbanco branch.



UPDATE 9/24/12 @ 10 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- He was a proud marine who served his country in Iraq as a mechanic.

But, when Cole Miller returned home from Baghdad, his family says he was a changed man -- for the worse.

A severe case of post traumatic stress disorder escalated into violence when family members say he couldn't get the help he desperately needed.

With the conflicts in the Middle East, the number of PTSD cases have risen dramatically in recent years.

Soldiers serving one and sometimes more tours of duty in combat zones can often be ticking time bombs. There is help available, though, even if he or she can't get to a Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“I didn't think he'd hurt anybody, especially the law," Keith Grate said.

But, Grate knew his nephew was in trouble. After returning from serving in a war zone in Iraq, he observed a downhill decline. He took his nephew to get help at a local medical center.

“They checked him," Grate said. "I wanted him sent somewhere then. They wouldn't do it. Now, you see where we ended up."

Things erupted early Monday morning when a Gallipolis police officer suffered a shotgun wound to the arm. Miller is the suspect in the shooting -- in jail on suicide watch and facing multiple charges.

“Post traumatic stress disorder is basically a reaction to something that a person has been exposed, that they fear for their life to or they were horrified by something that occurred,” clinical psychologist Dr. Linda Pennington said.

Pennington is the director of psychology for the Mental Health Clinic at the VA Medical Center in Huntington.

“We do see an increasing amount of veterans with PTSD who have suicidal thoughts, and definitely we want to get to them immediately,” Pennington said.

But, for those who can't make it to the VA Medical Center for whatever reason, there is help available. It's a teleconferencing system that allows a patient to have a full psychotherapy session with a psychologist from just about anywhere.

“That really diminishes the travel time for veterans in remote areas,” Dr. Jonathan Hoopes said.

Hoopes is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with veterans via teleconferencing. He says it's every bit as effective as sitting face-to-face in the same room.

“Therapy really does rely on consistency, particularly with PTSD. Consistency is key with good recovery,” he said. “It just takes one phone call, and we’ll take care of the rest."

The VA Medical Center is set up to be able to see veterans the same day they call in severe situations. The Telehealth teleconferencing is available at any licensed veterans clinic.

Therapy for post traumatic stress disorder is a weekly commitment. For those who can't make the trip to the VA Hospital, Telehealth may be a better option.



UPDATE 9/24/12 @ 10 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Shot in the line of duty -- another local officer went down while trying protect and serve.

This story has a happy ending for the officer who's recovering in the hospital.

But, for the man accused of shooting him, his story is a rocky road headed for a rough resolution.

“He's been to Holzer, Prestera, and Woodland because he knew he had a problem and no one would help him," said Jackie Grant who is suspect Cole Miller's aunt.

She says her nephew was a troubled man -- a former marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq.

“He'd been upset for a few weeks over a couple things, personal things and he finally lost it," Grant said. "He finally exploded."

Things finally exploded just after 1 a.m. Monday at a home at an apartment complex along McCormick Road. That's when Grant says her nephew reached the boiling point.

He fired a shot, hitting a car out front and leading neighbors to call 911.

“That's when he couldn't take it anymore, and he threatened to kill himself and he didn't intend to hurt anybody,” Grant said.

After police arrived, Grant heard a gunshot.

“I thought he shot himself and his girlfriend," she said. "We didn't know what had happened."

Miller actually shot in the direction of several officers who arrived on the scene hitting Gallipolis Police Officer James Bartels in the upper arm area.

Police Chief Clint Patterson rushed to the hospital as soon as he heard the news.

“My first concern was my officer, and I was relieved when I arrived at Holzer and saw him conscious talking to people and even joking," Patterson said. "He was in about as good a spirits as someone who could be shot would be in.”

Bartels underwent surgery for his injury and is recovering in ICU. He's expected to undergo physical therapy in the coming weeks as he works toward a full recovery.

Miller is charged with attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault and aggravated burglary.

"He's a tough boy,” Miller’s uncle Keith Grate said. “When a boy like him breaks down and cries on you telling you he needs help, something needs to be done.”

Grate says he and Miller had gone to a hospital just this past Saturday seeking help for his PTSD but were unsuccessful.

Grate says he regrets not trying to take Miller’s guns away from him earlier this week.

"I started to go over and get them yesterday,” he said. “I wish to God I would have, but it would have probably ended in a big fight, but it would have been worth it."

Miller threatened suicide in the Gallia County Jail, the sheriff said. Authorities transferred him to another facility better equipped to handle a prisoner in his mental state.

His bond was set at $1 million. His preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 2.



UPDATE 9/24/12 @ 1:25 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man accused of shooting a police officer has been charged with felonious assault, but could face more charges.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Office, along with Ohio BCI are investigating the shooting of Gallipolis Police Officer Jamie Bartels.

Bartels responded to a call on McCormick Road in Gallipolis Township around 12:30 Monday morning.

When Bartels got to the scene, deputies say Cole Creighton Miller, 28, of Gallia County, shot Officer Bartels in the upper torso.

According to the Gallipolis Police Department Facebook page, Officer Bartels went into surgery Monday morning. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Miller is being charged with attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault and aggravated burglary. He is set to be arraigned Monday afternoon.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning says that Officer Bartels "is a fine law enforcement officer and has always been a community minded person that cares about our community and has always been there when needed."

Browning offered thoughts and prayers for Bartels' quick and full recovery and said, "We will work diligently to ensure proper prosecution of the offender in this case."



UPDATE 9/24/12 @ 6:30 a.m.
GALLIPOLIS, OHIO (WSAZ) -- A police officer shot while responding to a domestic disturbance is now in surgery.

Gallipolis Police Chief Clint Patterson says Officer James Bartels was shot in the shoulder and is in surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Patterson says Bartels is in stable condition.

Officer Bartels, along with other law enforcement, was responding to a domestic call on McCormick Road, just outside of Gallipolis, when he was shot about 1 a.m. Monday.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Department says Cole Miller has been taken into custody following the shooting. No charges have been filed at this time.

The sheriff's department told our crew at the scene Miller had a dispute with a woman who is eight months pregnant. Neighbors called police when Miller shot a car outside a home on McCormick Road.

Gallia County Chief Deputy Dick Grau says these situations can be dangerous, especially after the deaths of two West Virginia State Troopers killed in the line of duty.

"There's so few law enforcement to begin with and we all work together to try to safeguard. It's becoming more and more difficult every day to our job and do it safely," Grau said.

We have a crew at the scene.

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UPDATE 9/24/12 @ 4:50 a.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Gallipolis Police officer is expected to recover after being shot in the upper torso by a shotgun early this morning.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was responding to a domestic call on McCormick Rd., just outside of city limits, when he was shot about 1 a.m.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Department says Cole Miller has been taken into custody following the shooting. No charges have been filed at this time.

The sheriff's department tells our crew at the scene Miller had a dispute with a woman who is eight months pregnant. Neighbors called police when Miller shot a car outside a home on McCormick Road.

We have a crew at the scene.

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UPDATE 9/24/12 @4:25 a.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Gallia County Sheriff's Department has released the name of a man taken into custody after a Gallipolis Police officer was shot early this morning.

The sheriff's department says Cole Miller is the man who has been taken into custody following the shooting. No charges have been filed at this time.

The sheriff's department tells our crew at the scene Miller had a dispute with a woman who is eight months pregnant. Neighbors called police when Miller shot a car outside a home on McCormick Road.

The officer was shot when he arrived on scene about 1 this morning. The sheriff's department says the officer was shot above the chest with a shotgun, and has been flown to a Huntington hospital.

The name of the officer has not been released.

We have a crew at the scene.

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UPDATE 9/24/12 @ 3:23 a.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The man suspected of shooting a Gallipolis Police officer has been taken into custody, according to the Gallia County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department tells our crew at the scene the suspect had a dispute with a woman who is eight months pregnant. Neighbors called police when the man shot a car outside a home on McCormick Road.

The officer was shot when he arrived on scene about 1 this morning. The sheriff's department says the officer was shot above the chest with a shotgun, and has been flown to a Huntington hospital.

The name of the officer and the name of the suspect have not been released.

We have a crew at the scene.

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ORIGINAL STORY
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Gallia County Sheriff's office tells WSAZ.com a Gallipolis Police Officer has been shot while responding to a domestic call.

It happened about 1 this morning on McCormick Rd. The sheriff's department says the officer was shot above the chest with a shotgun, and would be flown to a hospital in Huntington.

The condition and name of the officer were not released.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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