Nampa man accused of shooting at neighbor

NAMPA -- A man accused of opening fire on a Nampa cul-de-sac after a dispute with his neighbors was arrested Saturday night.

The incident happened shortly before 9 p.m. in the 500 block of Winter Court.

Officers say someone called 911 to report that the suspect - later identified as 37-year-old James Joseph Millett - had come out of his house and fired multiple shots. At about the same time, Millett also called police, telling dispatchers three men beat him up and took his gun.

According to court documents, the neighbors told police that Millett had been at the garage of their house earlier in the evening, but had been asked to leave.

One of the neighbors said Millett went back to his own house, but later emerged and called to the alleged victim to come over. When the man began walking toward Millett, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot at him, the man said.

Another witness also told police that Millett yelled something at the man, then began shooting as the neighbor walked toward him.

That neighbor said he and two other men tackled Millett and disarmed him before another resident at their house called 911. No one was struck by a bullet. 

Police say Millett gave them a different version of events. He told investigators that after he was asked to leave the neighbors' garage, one of them came over to his house and threatened him. He said he called police to report the threat, and was told by dispatchers not to leave his property.

According to court documents, Millett said he got his 9mm handgun and went outside to get his car keys out of his vehicle. Once outside, Millett said, one of his neighbors called out to him to come over, then started to run at him.

The suspect said he shot at the man several times, aiming for his legs. Millett told officers he fired in self-defense because he believed the man was going to hurt him. 

Millett said the man who ran at him and two others tackled him, beat him up and took his handgun, according to court documents.

Investigators found a bullet fragment on the curb, and the unloaded gun at the neighbors' house. Millett was arrested and booked into the Canyon County Jail on a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Millett is due back in court Sept. 23. If convicted of aggravated assault, he could face up to five years in prison.

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