Police investigate homicide in Pittstown


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PITTSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Police say they are investigating a homicide in Pittstown that happened during the early morning hours of June 9.

19-year-old Nathaniel M. Miller was shot and killed related to a home invasion, said Robert Appleton from NYSP Troop G’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation in an afternoon press conference Wednesday. State police tell us Miller was a resident of the home.

State Police said at around 3:46 a.m. on June 9, a call came into the Rensselaer County 911 call center for a home invasion at 151 Jay Herrington Road in Buskirk.

“It’s really rare for stuff like to happen here. It’s a pretty quiet town and the most dangerous part is car accidents on Route 7,” said Dee Coke.

Dee Coke has lived in Pittstown for years. She was shocked to hear a homicide happened in her small quiet community.

“It scares me because my kids are 16, 18, and 20-years-old. It’s scary,” said she.

Captain Appleton said they believe three individuals entered the home. State Police still believe this is an isolated incident and believe the suspect and victim knew each other.

“The suspects attempted to gain entry and woke the occupants during the incident. Nathanial M Miller who was 19-years-old suffered a fatal gunshot wound. The suspects fled to a wooden area in an unknown area,” said he.

Investigators have been on scene all day collecting evidence. State Police says they do not believe there is a danger to the public.

Appleton said they are not releasing any further information out of respect for the families affected.

The State Police are asking for help identifying the three assailants who entered the home on Herrington Road. People are encouraged to call the NYSP tip line at 1-800-448-3847 or send an email to crimetip@troopers.ny.gov.

This is a breaking news story, stay with NEWS10 for updates as they become available.

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