Arrest made after shots fired in Neola


June 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Neola man was arrested late last week after he allegedly fired a handgun in the direction of another person. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s office says deputies arrested 48-year old Scott Boyer, after he allegedly fired a .22 semi-automatic handgun at 34-year old Jason Miller, around 11-p.m., Thursday.

Miller told deputies two shots were fired, with one going over his head and the other hitting gravel in front of him, ricocheting rocks into Miller’s leg and resulting in an abrasion.

Pott. County Sheriff’s officials say the incident reportedly started when 36-year old Janelle Spencer, Miller’s sister, asked for Boyer’s help because Miller was quote “in a rage and was going to get physical with her.” Boyer and Spencer were in a vehicle in an alley near Boyer’s residence, and that of Miller’s mother’s.

After Boyer blocked a vehicle driven by Miller and 35-year old Holly Zimmerman, Boyer and Miller are said to have gotten out of the vehicles and a verbal altercation ensued. Each of the individuals live in Neola. When Miller entered Boyer’s property, Boyer allegedly warned him to reportedly leave the property before the shots were fired.

While investigating the scene, deputies found a sawed-off shotgun in Boyer’s residence in plain sight. A .22-calibur handgun was also recovered after a search warrant was executed. The gun contained a loaded magazine and a round in the chamber. Drug paraphernalia was also found in the residence.

Boyer faces charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent, reckless use of a firearm without injury or damage, disorderly conduct, assault with injury and possession of drug paraphernalia. Miller was charged with assault with injury, 2nd-degree harassment, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication.