Erie Police Seek Second Suspect in Connection to Deadly Shooting
Erie police are asking for the public’s help to identify a second suspect, wanted in connection to the city’s first homicide of 2019.
Investigators released a picture of the suspect, to Erie News Now, from surveillance video from the scene.
It comes hours after Erie police charged an Albion man for firing the gun which killed Jeffrey Miller, 51, of Erie.
That suspect is identified as Nicholas Raines, 34, of Albion.
Police say Raines shot and killed Miller inside the victim’s apartment at the corner of 5th and Chestnut in Erie, on Monday evening around 10:15.
According to the criminal complaint, the deadly shooting stemmed from an argument over a drug transaction.
Police interviewed several witnesses who were inside the apartment, at the time of the shooting, and identified Raines as the shooter.
Witnesses told investigators that two men barged into the home, and got into an altercation with Miller. According to the criminal complaint, the suspect hit a woman in the head with a handgun.
That victim then went into a bedroom and she heard one gunshot, she exited the bedroom to find Miller bleeding heavily and moaning and screaming in pain, then called 911.
Miller was unconscious when police arrived to the scene.
Witnesses told police there was high traffic in and out of the house involving drug activity.
Erie police used surveillance video from both inside and outside of the apartment, as part of their investigation, and used the surveillance video to identify Raines as the suspect.
Raines is also suspected of a home invasion the same night about 9:30 p.m., at a home in the 2200 block of Liberty St.
In that case, Raines reportedly pointed a gun to a woman's head, barged into the home, pushed her into a room, stole items from the apartment, and fled.