Milwaukie landlord cleared in shooting death of tenant

Gerald Miller told KOIN 6 News he shot Ricky McKowen in self defense

Gerald Miller, 66, said he acted in self defense when he shot and killed his tenant Sunday morning. (KOIN)

CLACKAMAS CO., Ore. (KOIN) — Just over a week after a Milwaukie landlord was arrested in connection with the shooting death of his tenant, a grand jury decided not to charge him with any crimes.

Gerald Miller, 66, was arrested August 7 after he called sheriff’s deputies to tell them he shot and killed his tenant, 53-year-old Ricky Pineda McKowen, on the 13500 block of SE Oatfield Road.

One person was shot in the 13500 block of SE Oatfield Road of Milwaukie, August 7, 2016 (KOIN)
One person was shot in the 13500 block of SE Oatfield Road of Milwaukie, August 7, 2016 (KOIN)

Miller spoke to KOIN 6 News in Clackamas County Jail and said he killed his tenant in self defense.

McKowen allegedly lived in Miller’s basement for 3 years, but hadn’t paid rent in the last year. Miller said he was trying to evict his tenant when he became angry, started banging on his door and threatened to kill him.

“Being fearful for my life, I just pulled out me gun and he was coming at me so I shot at him,” Miller said. “I didn’t want to die, you know. I strictly believe he was going to kill me, the way he was coming at me by all his threats and everything.”

On Monday, a grand jury heard from 7 witnesses, including a woman who was home at the time of the shooting and Miller’s daughter.

The jury deliberated and decided to issue a “Not True Bill”, which means Miller’s pending murder charge will be dropped and he will be released from custody.

KOIN 6 News will have more information shortly.

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