Hampton shooting victim identified, police say he was carrying bear repellant spray

John Thompson • Updated Sep 10, 2018 at 5:55 PM

ELIZABETHTON — More details are coming out about the fatal shooting Friday in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant in Hampton.

Investigator Roger Brown of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department reported in the arrest warrant that the man who died was shot three times and was carrying a black object in his right hand that was found to be bear repellant spray.

Brown said that when officers arrived on the scene around 4:30 p.m., they found a man later identified as Steve Mack Miller, 64, lying on the ground in a prone position with his arms out to his side.

Deputies secured Miller and took a Glock Model 17 9 mm handgun from a holster on Miller’s side. The deputies said another man was on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was identified as Alan Lyle Jansma, 43. Officers reported he was already dead.

Miller was taken into custody, transported to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and gave a statement to investigators. Brown said Miller told the investigators that there had been disagreements between him and Jansma for some time. Some of those disagreements had been over a woman identified as Jansma’s girlfriend.

Miller told investigators he was in the parking lot with the woman when Jansma came toward them and began arguing with her. Miller said Jansma kicked the mirror on her car and they began arguing. Miller said that is when he confronted Jansma.

Miller said Jansma came toward him, carrying something black in his hand. Miller said he unholstered his Glock and shot Jansma once, but he did not go down. He then shot Jansma two more times, until he went to the ground.

Miller was charged with second-degree murder and was being held in the Carter County Jail in lieu of $400,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Sept. 24.

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