PAULS VALLEY (KOKH) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an incident involving the assistant district attorney for Garvin County.
According to a police report and multiple sources the investigation is centered around assistant prosecutor Corey Miner and an incident at his home in late September that sent a man to the hospital. The Pauls Valley police report of the incident, obtained by FOX 25, contains redactions of the names of suspects and victims, but Miner’s name is visible under a white line in the “offender” portion of a report for an aggravated assault and battery investigation. The Pauls Valley Police Department has not responded to our question about why the names were redacted from the report.
According to the report’s narrative, Miner told officers he heard someone in his back yard near a bedroom window. Officers reported Miner believed the man was an intruder and went outside to confront him. Miner told police he told retrieved a handgun and confronted the man.
The documents indicate Miner told officers he asked the man to put his hands in the air, but instead the man put his hands in his pocket. Miner told responding officers he fired two shots into the ground near the man’s feet. The report states Miner told officers the man moved towards him and a physical altercation ensued.
A neighbor called 911 and said they woke up to find their neighbor holding someone else at gunpoint, the report said. The call log provided by Pauls Valley Police indicates the caller said their neighbor had the subject remove most of his clothes to prove he did not have a weapon.
The police report said the alleged would-be intruder was clearly suffering trauma to his head and upper body. That man is currently at OU Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.
In a statement provide to FOX 25 Miner’s attorney Ed Blau said:
“At approximately 4am my client, who was asleep in his home along with his 6-year-old daughter, was awakened by the screen on a backyard window being tampered with.
My client opened the back door to his home and found a man standing in the dark at his daughter’s window.
My client ordered the man to show his hands; the man refused and my client fired two warning shots into the ground.
The man made an aggressive movement toward my client and a physical fight ensued beginning in the back yard; continuing around the side of the house; and ending in the driveway where the man was held until he police arrived.
A neighbor called 911 after my client yelled for help.
The police were less than a mile away and were looking for the man when this incident occurred.
The man had three drugs, including meth, in his system.”
The reports provided by Pauls Valley Police do not make mention of any drug screenings. Court records indicate the victim, whose name was more heavily redacted, but a search of the name provided by multiple sources show he has a history of drug and alcohol related offenses in Garvin County.
What was included in the documents provided by Pauls Valley related to the incident is a list of items seized as part of the investigation. Officers reported finding an orange pill bottle with white pills with the injured man. The pills were marked with a code that identifies them as Acetaminophen and Oxycodone Hydrochloride. Police also filed a drug possession report against the would-be intruder.
Pauls Valley police requested state investigators take over the case. A spokesperson for the OSBI said the agency received a verbal request for an investigation but had no public documents to release about the incident.
The Attorney General’s office provided FOX 25 the written request by Miner’s boss, District 21 District Attorney Greg Mashburn, to have another prosecutor review the case. According to documents from the Attorney General’s office the task of reviewing the case and determining if prosecution is warranted will fall to District 20 DA Craig Ladd. District 20 includes Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall and Murray counties.
FOX 25 contacted both the Garvin County District Attorney’s office and the main District 21 office in Cleveland County to ask about Miner’s status. Our messages were not returned.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Miner was a state trooper. In 2002, he was involved in an incident where he shot a suspected drunk driver during a pursuit on Interstate 35 according to past stories published by The Oklahoman. The Purcell Register reported in 2003 that the shooting resulted in no disciplinary action.