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Grim Details Emerge: 5 Bullets Struck Dana Mulhall, 4 as He Fled, 2 in His Back

| March 16, 2012

A small memorial left in Dana Mulhall's yard. A fishing pole was left on another tree. (© FlaglerLive)

Paul Miller’s arrest report reveals a grim sequence of events that led to Miller to shoot and kill Dana Mulhall on Flagler Avenue in Flagler Beach Wednesday evening. The report openly casts doubt on suggestions that Miller was acting in self defense, describing instead a moment of anger that escalated and did not stop even as Mulhall was, literally, running for his life: four of the five bullets that struck Mulhall did so after he had turned to run into his house.

Miller, 66, was charged with second degree murder and taken to the Flagler County jail Thursday evening. He remains there today. No bond was set. Dana Mulhall, a next-door neighbor of Miller’s–their properties are separated by a light-brown fence that surrounds Miller’s front yard–died at the scene.

According to the Flagler Beach Police report, the argument did start over a dog’s barking. But it was an argument with an old history. Miller told police that about two months earlier, the two men had had an argument (it’s not clear whether it was also over Miller’s barking dogs), and that Mulhall, according to Miller, had yelled profanities at Miller and his wife.

On Wednesday evening, according to the report, Miller was in his garage when he heard his dogs barking from the front porch, then heard Mulhall “yelling and cursing.” Miller told police he went outside to quiet the dogs and saw Mulhall go back into his own house.

At that point, Millerl went into his house and retrieved a 9 mm handgun from its storage in a cabinet. He put the gun in a back pocket. He went back outside. He sat on the porch.

Mulhall, according to Miller, then came back outside “and began yelling profanities” at Miller, the report states. Mulhall allegedly put his hands on the brown fence and began to shake it. Miller told him to stop. Mulhall did. The two men then, across the fence, began shouting at each other. Miller told police that the shouting was mutual.

Dana Mulhall. Click on the image for larger view. (Facebook/Cindy Wellborn)

Miller had been on his front porch all that time–a screened-in area with a door. At that point, Miller left the porch, went outside and walked toward Mulhall and, according to the report, “confronted” him. Mulhall was still in his own yard and remained there. Miller said that at that moment, he had his hand on his back pocket, on his gun. Miller told police that “at no time did he pull the gun or tell [Mulhall] that he had a gun.”

“However,” the police report goes on, Miller stated that Mulhall claimed he had a gun “too” and “would kill both [Miller] and his dog.” Miller claims that Mulhall then reached “behind his back in the buttocks area, at which point[Miller] claimed he felt the neighbor was reaching for a gun.” Miller said that he then pulled his gun out of his pocket and began shooting at Mulhall.

Miller himself told police, according to the report, that “after the first shot, [Mulhall] turned and retreated by running toward the front door of his [Mulhall’s] home. [Miller] stated that even after [Mulhall] attempted to retreat, he continued to shoot [Mulhall] until [Mulhall] fell to the ground,” where he died a hort time later.

Miller then called 911 and, in a very calm voice, told the dispatcher that he’d shot his neighbor, and that an ambulance might be warranted. He told the dispatcher that there’d been an ongoing problem with Mulhall and that Mulhall had “jumped on him” and threatened him, so he “shot his fucking ass.”

“In describing the incident to the dispatcher,” the report states, “at no time did [Miller] ever state that he shot [Mulhall] because he believed [Mulhall] was attempt[ing] to pull a gun or other weapon.” The report also notes what several witnesses at the scene had described the evening of the shooting: five shots that were fired “slow,” in a “methodical” manner, and “evenly spaced.”

The report concludes with a note about the autopsy, which showed that Mulhall “was shot a total of five times: once to the right front chest, once to the left knee area, once to the right thigh area, and twice in the upper back.” That description does not indicate the sequence of the shots, however. Mulhall died near his front door.

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69 Responses for “Grim Details Emerge: 5 Bullets Struck Dana Mulhall, 4 as He Fled, 2 in His Back”

  1. The Truth says:

    There is no excuses for this. You claim self defense yet you shot the man twice in his back. If a man is running away from you, the self defense argument is null and void.

    • Anonymous says:

      There were no witnesses, you really can’t be sure what happened, we are all commenting, we all have opinions, but no one really knows. This will be left up to a jury..just because you think you really know someone, you never really know what happens behind closed doors..both families are in our prayers.

    • friend says:

      shot in the back?? really, if they found no gun on dana, that is ist degree murder, he was trying to get away from this crazed man obviously! so hopefully this time around should PROVE premedatated 1st degree murder, to many guns in the wrong peoples hands, & every loved one suffers for it, god bles the mulhall family, they are going to need it!

  2. K says:

    Sounds like premeditation to me. He went inside to get his gun and shot him even after he retreated.

  3. John Smith says:

    WELL THERE SO MUCH FOR BEING SO INNOCENT, shooting a man in the back. HUM wonder how that worked out for him. The truth is about to come out. On other articles there were comments made of possible dementia, well I cannot see that being anywhere near a possibility when the 5 shots hit this poor guy that had every right to complain about a bothersome barking dog.

  4. So sad says:

    Premeditated, cold blooded first degree murder! There is NO self defense in this story! To Paul Miller… You have devastated everyone in our family up and down the east coast! The worst part of this is Dana did not die instantly, he suffered and tried to get away! THIS murderer..the state of Florida BETTER put away until he is cold and blue! The whole state is looking foolish to the rest of the world for letting all these murderers go free, this one better not! May you rest in peace my cousin. You are loved.

    • Your cousin was a bully and a drunk. He threatened that he was going to kill my dad but no one will remember this major detail… how convenient.

      • OMG says:

        This is one reason why when we were looking for a house that we purposely looked for NO NEIGHBORS and a privacy fence. We have dogs…We have a gun and will use it. This is a tit-for-tat situation, unfortunate for everyone one involved.

        • Lentille says:

          I wish there were individual/private planets where ‘tit for -tat ‘ people could settle. I sure wouldn’t wish to live in the same community!

      • Anonymous says:

        Well this is sure funny how that your dad did not tell that to the cops or anything else about being threatened. That does still not give him the right to shoot a gun 5 times and hit him 5 times and (really) shoot him in the back.

      • Sheena says:

        even if he WAS drunk,that doesn’t give ANYBODY the right to shoot someone IN THE BACK<NOT ONCE<NOT TWICE BUT 4 TIMES!!

      • Brian says:

        There are always two sides of a story..When someone is drunk they say things they wouldn’t usually say, it very well could be true that he also said he had a gun and started reaching for it, he was drunk, angry, and had threatned him many times before. Florida law states that if you feel your life is threatned or family’s you have the right to use deadly force..that’s what court if for..it seems to me that he had a right to protect himself and his family. In the world we live today, you don’t know what anyone is capable of, thats why the law has changed on alot of these issues and changed in Florida.

      • So sad says:

        Why then did your dad shoot him in the back…TWICE!? Who was the bully in this situation? On top of already shooting him 3 times. He went into his house, got the gun and came back out and waited…WHO was the bully? Dana may have used words but he is not the one sitting in jail for that. He’s in the morgue. Where is your dad? He had a choice, go in and call the cops to handle my “bully and drunk” cousin (which no one has said what his blood alcohol level was btw) with deadly intentions. He chose to be a murderer. Your family and mine have to live with that.

      • So sad says:

        And by the way Michelle MILLER…if the tables were turned and it WAS my cousin who shot your father…I would be offering my sincerest condolences to you and your family NOT calling him (your father) names and hurling accusations. Your comments prove that there is no compassion or common sense of decency in your household. My cousin is dead, your father killed him, inhumanely I might add and before these comments I actually felt bad for both families that are paying the price for YOUR FATHER’S actions (not Dana’s). Maybe its just best if you say nothing, your comments just put your family in a darker light and make it less likely for people to have any compassion for you. RIP DANA.

      • Chrissy says:

        Please tell me that you are not blaming an unarmed man who was shot in the back.

      • Not Even says:

        Regardless of what kind of person either man is, it is not ANYONE’S place to bring another man to his death ESPECIALLY if he is running away! How much of a threat can someone be if they are running away?

      • BRENDA LAFERRIERE-MULHALL says:

        MY BROTHER IN LAW WAS DEFINATELY NOT A DRUNK…….AND AS FOR A BULLY, BE SERIOUS THAT IS ONE WORD I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYONE SAY ABOUT HIM. ALL YOU’RE FATHER HAD TO DO WAS TRAIN HIS DOGS NOT TO BE LITTLE YAPPERS. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO COME HOME FROM WORK AND SURE IN THE HELL DO NOT WANT TO LISTEN TO DOGS YAPPING FOR NOTHING. DANA WORKED DOING LANDSCAPING AND USED LAWNMOWERS, WEED WHACKERS, CHAIN SAWS, AND OTHER PIECES OF EQUIPMENT THAT MADE NOISE……WHO THE HELL WANTS TO GO HOME AND HAVE TO LISTEN TO MORE NOISE. WHEN YOU GET HOME FROM WORK YOU WANT SOME PEACE & QUIET SO YOU CAN RELAX. AND IF HE DECIDED TO STOP AT THE BAR TO SEE SOME FRIENDS WHO’S BUSINESS IS THAT???? AND IF HE HAS A BEER OR TWO, WHO THE HELL CARES. HE COULDN’T HAVE DRANK TO MUCH, ESPECIALLY IF HE WORKED ALL DAY THEN STOPPED AT THE BAR….AND WAS MURDERED BY YOU’RE FATHER BEFORE 7. WHY DID YOU’RE FATHER GO IN HIS HOME AND GET A GUN, THEN COME BACK OUT AGAIN????? IF HE WAS SO SCARED WHY DIDN’T HE STAY IN HIS HOME INSTEAD OF GRABBING A GUN AND GOING BACK OUTSIDE………….FIRST DEGREE PREMEDITATED MURDER IS WHAT I BELIEVE THE CHARGE SHOULD BE…….AND I AM NOT ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. B. Claire says:

    First degree murder falls into one of the following two categories:

    •Premeditated, intentional killings
    •Felony murder

    While second degree murder is either:

    •An unplanned, intentional killing; or
    •A death caused by a reckless disregard for human life

    Putting aside felony murder, the real difference between first and second degree murder is the degree of intent under which the defendant acted when carrying out the killing.

    http://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2011/08/difference-between-first-second-degree-murder.html

    What about first degree is missing here…NOTHING! Can FL screw this up any more?!

    No bigger coward than this shooter.

    So so sorry for this large family’s pain.

  6. Outsider says:

    There is nothing here to indicate self defense. Four shots in the back??? Too bad hangings and firing squads have been ruled cruel and unusual punishment.

  7. common sense2 says:

    This will probably be bumped up to first degree murder. Mr miller , I hope you feel that you defended your home well, because when the civil suits start your family will lose everything. no one won.

  8. NortonSmitty says:

    I finally realize after asking around I know both of these guys! The shooter is a miserable old bastard! He would come into the Dollar General often I guess, as I personally recall seeing him at least three times. And he would bitch and complain about nothing and argue prices with the checkout girls. Once I told him to just pay up and move so we could all move along. Lucky he didn’t cap me. A miserable, mean and cranky old fart in my experience..

    Dana used to trim my Palm trees and do odd landscaping jobs for me the last couple of years. He always did a good job for an extremely reasonable price I thought. He always would show up with a couple of younger kids he seemed to be trying to get work for, and once or twice with women he had plant shrubs and flowers. Very respectful, honest and pleasant, not to mention hard working. I’m very sorry to say after all of our contacts, I did not even recognize his name when I read It. I will remember it now.

    R.I.P. Mr. Dana Mulhall

    • Mr. Smitty, you sir are full of it. My father did not go into Dollar General Stores. He did not shop. His wife does the shopping. He has COPD and is not able to walk short or long distances, nor did he like stores. You are recalling the incorrect individual. My dad is a loving, sweet man however no-one that does not know him will not believe me because of this horrible incident.

      • NortonSmitty says:

        I hope some day to have a daughter who would call me a loving, sweet man after shooting a neighbor three times in the back.

        • Sheena says:

          really…

        • NortonSmitty says:

          Michelle Miller, I am sorry if I appeared flippant about this incident. I usually am known for this trait. Ask anybody on this site. It is what passes for a personality at times. But in this sad situation, it really is uncalled for. Both of the families will suffer incredible changes and will never be the same. I can tell by your words that you cared for your father deeply, as we all should. I can appreciate the courage it took to put down and post the response defending your father, more so in the hectic hours you are living through now.

          But it was your father I was describing. I confirmed it with his neighbors and others around town. It is expected of any of us to put our fathers on the pedestal, and turn a blind eye to his failings. That’s called love.

          But for whatever reason, he crossed a line. Maybe senility. Maybe not being able to breathe. Maybe he was just angry and tired of living his own life. It is not the issue here.

          What matters is by all indications he took a good mans life needlessly. He deprived a lot of people of a friend, he ruined his life and his families life by a split second decision that he and we all wish he could take back. But he can’t.

          So we all suffer.

    • christa says:

      mr smitty, michelle is correct. you need to double check who it is you think you know who went to the dollar general store. paul NEVER shopped and rarely left the house. He NEVER complained about anything to anyone. He was quiet and kept to himself. he was a kind generous person that didn’t take being threatened continuously well. who would? what happen was a tragedy, but name calling and slandering of a person that you nor anyone else on here knows is really not called for. Speak your condolenences for the loss of your friend, but please refrain from slander and name calling.

      • Lentille says:

        Why was nothing done to prevent the barking dog from driving everyone nuts?
        Besides the methodical shooting in the back, what is particularly shocking in this is the fact that the
        dog was left outside to bark. Perhaps Mr. Miller’s family did not hear it, or perhaps they were always inside watching television. But what about their neighbors, didn’t they have a right to enjoy their yard, read, garden, have a conversation without the maddening noise of a barking dog? There are limits to the free enjoyment of one’s private property, human beings who have been normally socialized understand this.

        • christa says:

          the stories dont say that the dogs bothered any other neighbors and if you read the stories, the dogs were on their porch and not in their yard and isnt it normal for dogs to bark when another dog walks by their yard? no one ever said dana deserved it, God no, no deserves to die.sheena, the stories don’t say mr miller went in to get his gun after dana went to run away. the stories say that they were arguing at the fence and threats were made, both ways I’m sure, and gestures were made that made made both men react as they did. i’m not involved here, but i tend to get bothered when opinions start to create stories that are no where documented as any type of fact or statement made. no one can assume what the situation was unless there. both sides have family hurting as what could be expected. please through all of this pray for the families because neither family deserves to have to go through this and both have long roads of recovery ahead for them. prayers are needed for both families.

      • Sheena says:

        BUT HE SURE WAS ABLE TO WALK INTO HIS HOUSE AND COME BACK OUT TO SHOOT HIS NEIGHBOR,EVEN AFTER DANA TRIED TO GET AWAY FROM HIM…give me a break-don’t play the pity card…

      • NortonSmitty says:

        Slander like saying he deserved it because of his continuous threats? That kind of stuff?

  9. Jojo says:

    There was a homicide shooting in South Flagler on the street back in ’94-’95 if I remember?

    Sorry to say but the law of self defense has been used and abused. There is a case right now in Sanford over a security guard that shot an unarmed 17 year old because he felt threatened. What’s next Pilgrims, you wait on line in Mickey D’s and have words with someone and he shoots you because he feels threatened. It’s already happened.

    Just remember! Everyon has a gun in Florida. A word to the wise.

  10. Mickie says:

    Paul Miller must be one of the old time mafia hoods thats been hiding out in our nice quaint city, Flagler Bch. Too bad we have to tollerate this kind of rif-raft in our city. How sad that a good man dies and a killer lives.

  11. palmcoaster says:

    Jeb Bush statute needs to be ammended and no matter what the NRA wants we need stricter gun laws.
    Too many guns in the wrong hands…

    • Bill Butler says:

      Once again it is the person with the gun that kills without just cause. It is not the gun that goes out looking for targets and people to shoot. This situation is a case for law enforcement to investigate and the Prosecutor to take action on if it decided there has been a murder committed and not self defense. Please consider this. If three stores in a row all have signs about guns, one of which says concealed weapons and firearms licensed people are welcome and the other two’s signs say no guns allowed which do you suppose would the criminal rob? Even in communist Russia and China there are criminals that have guns. None of the law abiding people do. If you don’t get then here it is, criminals have guns and always will have guns. And one more thing, gun control–I believe in that too, control of the gun in responsible hands to place shots where they should go and not where they should not go.
      Three rules for having a gun: 1. Never ever point the gun, any gun at that which you do not want to shoot. 2. Never ever place your finger on the trigger unless you have your firearm pointing at what you want to shoot. 3. All guns are fully loaded, always. Three very simple rules. Paul Miller will answer the charges against him in a court of law, not in this court of public opinion. He could have been the Pope right up to the point he chose to shoot another human being. If he is found guilty then he is a criminal who murdered someone and took their life. B. Claire, how many of those people who killed people did not have the right to have a firearm? Do you even know? Take all guns away and only they and people like them will have guns.

    • Anonymous says:

      remember the old saying “GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE……PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE !!

    • FRANK DILIBERTO says:

      GUNS DONT’T KILL PEOPLE ….PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE !!1

  12. flagler beach native says:

    there was two shooting on south flagler .one was a robber that got his gun taken from him after he shot the man in the house with it and the man in the house shot the robber with the robbers gun and the robber sued him and won the case . the other one was a rich kid that shot him self in the head around 16th street .

  13. Hsart says:

    I knew Dana for Many years. He was a Very Pleasant Person and did Not Hesitate to Wave Anytime he saw us, He was Always Smiling.After Reading the Articles on what Allegedly Happened, I Would Hope Paul Miller Remains in Jail and Gets Sent to Prison for the rest of His Life! He is a Definite threat to Society, Shooting Someone in the Back!!! I also do not Beleive Dana Had a Gun on him or that Paul Miller was in Fear for His Life at Anytime! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to Dana’s Familly and Friends.To JoJo its True Many of Us in this State Carry Weapons but the Gun Does NOT SHOOT ITSELF, Someone has to Pull the Trigger! (RIP DANA).

  14. B. Claire says:

    “Just remember! Everyone has a gun in Florida. A word to the wise.”

    …………….and how’s that working for us?!

    wife-shootings by husbands dumb enough to be playing with their AK-47s during a child’s bath time

    Murder-Suicide Shakes Community on Barkwood Lane in Northern Palm Coast

    Christian Grasso had been in and out of jail almost a dozen times in Volusia and Flagler counties since 2005, including six times since last December, before he was shot on Christmas Eve on a street in Flagler Beach.

    Cop Shot, 1 Suspect Wounded, 1 Killed in Drug Task Force Sting Across Flagler County Line

    Man Shot In His Palm Coast Home, Allegedly By Daughter’s Boyfriend

    and on and on and on and on and on……

    and this is just LOCAL, senseless tragedy because ‘I’m a ‘merican and demand to my right to bend and twist the 2nd amendment so I can ‘take back ‘merica … idiocy.

  15. Out of curiosity says:

    The “stand your ground” law needs to go.

    • FlBonz says:

      This has nothing to do with the “Stand your ground law”. Please read what the law states before making comments like these.

  16. RIP Dana says:

    Cold blooded murder is not a “horrible incident” and a sweet man does NOT shoot anyone, let alone an unarmed man in the back!

    • christa says:

      i truely believe that unless we have been there, we just don’t know how we would have reacted.in that situation. fear and adrenaline make people react in different ways and this was an unfortunate event. he really isn’t a bad person. good people make bad choices and that goes both ways. threats and tempers are a terrible thing to mix.

  17. Flagler Native says:

    Guns don’t kill people…People kill people
    R.I.P Mr. Mulhall
    From what’s posted here I can see you did alot of good things while you were alive..that’s all ANY of us can do..live each day to it’s most.

  18. Jim J says:

    “A sweet man”does not shoot a man in the back!

    certainly not self defense

  19. Outsider says:

    Yes, there was a shooting on the southside of Flagler Beach in ’94-’95. It was a local restaurateur, who I will not name. He was in his car waiting at a bus stop with his girlfriend’s child. A former boyfriend came up and started arguing with him and then grabbed the restaurant owner and began choking him. The man had a gun and shot the attacker. The shooter, who was legitimately defending himself in his car went to prison for a number of years. This was one of the cases that brought about the castle doctrine law. And I certainly feel sorrow for Mr. Mulhall’s family; this was a senseless murder. That being said, it has nothing to do with the so-called stand your ground law. He has no protection under these circumstances, so arguing against the law is pointless. The law covers you if you are in your home or car, and someone breaks in or tries to harm you in the street. There must be a definite threat to your life or others’ before the law will protect you. If you don’t like being able to defend yourself, then you can move back to New Jersey where someone can break into your home, trip over your couch and then sue you and probably win. Heaven forbid if you hit them with a baseball bat. There are numerous examples of where people legitimately defended themselves with a firearm, but these incidents rarely make it into the mainstream media, and when they do, the victim is usually referred to in some derogatory term, such as “pistol-packing Mama,” as was the case in Oklahoma recently. I am sorry to make this thread about the law, but this was a murder and the law will not protect Mr. Miller. God Bless the Mulhall family during this awful time.

    • SSDD says:

      This story you painted is very wrong… He was not waiting with his child at the bus stop. He was there to kidnap the children that his ex-wife had custody of. Once the bus stopped to drop the kids off, the boyfriend was there to pick them up. The shooter then opened his car door, stepped out and shot the boyfriend 7 times. There was no self defense. He kidnapped the kids and was on the run until he turned himself in in the middle of the night. 7 times is not self defense. He only did a small amount of jail time and that was it. Money talks and gets you out of cold blooded murder…

  20. One of the HONEST ONE says:

    Why were my messages not aired?

    [Because you’re insulting commenters instead of addressing the issue. Make your points, but please don’t attack commenters. You’re not the only one whose comments are withheld under that standard. Please read our comment policy.FL]

  21. BRENDA LAFERRIERE-MULHALL says:

    I STILL CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS HAS HAPPENED TO DANA, HE DID NOT HAVE A MEAN BONE IN HIS BODY. HE WAS THE TYPE OF PERSON TO KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED WITH HIS WISDOM AND HIS HUNTING STORIES. I’VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE KNOW DANA FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS, AND I NEVER EXPECTED NOT TO EVER SEE HIM AGAIN. I AM THE MOTHER TO HIS THREE NEPHEWS AND GRANDMOTHER TO HIS GREAT NEPHEW. MY BOYS ADORED THEIR UNCLE AND THEY ALWAYS ASKED “WHENS UNCLE DANA COMING?” NOW AT THIS MOMENT I HAVE MY MIDDLE SON DOWN IN FLAGLER BEACH WITH HIS DAD TO HELP HIM GO THROUGH DANA’S BELONGINGS. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT A NEPHEW SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH, NO IT’S NOT. AND WHEN THEY LEFT TO FLY OUT THEY STI LL DID NOT KNOW EVERYTHING THAT HAD HAPPENED TO DANA. THE FAMILY IS STILL IN DISBELIEVE, AND WE DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW A PERSON CAN BE SHOT OVER COMPLAINING ABOUT A BARKING DOG. AND TO FIND OUT DANA WAS TRYING TO GO BACK TO HIS HOME AND THE MAN KEPT SHOOTING…..YES, I DO BELIEVE THIS IS PREMEDITATED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND NOTHING LESS. THEN TO FIND OUT THIS MAN IS AN OLDER GENTLEMAN, DANA WOULD NEVER DISRESPECT THE MAN HIMSELF. THE DOG PROBALLY ANNOYED HIM DAILY, AND I CAN SEE HIM ASKING THE GENTLEMAN(LOOSELY NOW), TO KEEP HIS DOG FROM BARKING ALL THE TIME. MANY PEOPLE WHO COME HOME FROM WORKING ALL DAY DO NOT WANT TO HEAR A DOG BARKING NONSTOP. AS FOR THIS MAN HAVING COPD, HE CAN STILL GET AROUND. MY FATHER HAS A SEVERE CASE AND IS COUGHING UP PIECES OF HIS LUNGS AND HE CAN STILL GET AROUND AT THE AGE OF 82. SO DON’T GO BLAMING HIS ILLNESS ON WHY HE SHOT A MAN IN COLD BLOOD.

    AS FOR THE PERSON WHO SAID SOMETHING ABOUT DANA BEING A DRUNK, WHY BECAUSE HE STOPPED AT THE BAR TO HAVE A BEER OR TWO, OR TO SEE SOME FRIENDS. DO NOT JUDGE SOMEONE YOU DO NOT KNOW. MANY PEOPLE STOP IN THE BAR AFTER WORK TO HAVE A NICE COLD DRINK AFTER BEING IN THE SUN ALL DAY, OR NOT EVEN BEING IN THE SUN. IT’S JUST SOMETHING PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD ALL DAY DESERVE IF THEY CHOOSE.

    IF THIS SON OF A BITCHES BULLETS HE SHOT AFTER DANA TURNED AROUND, ARE THE ONE’S THAT KILLED HIM, I WILL DEFINATELY ON BEHALF OF HIS NEPHEWS(MY SONS AND GRANDSON) AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WISH TO BE NAMED IN A WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT. OR WHATEVER SUIT CAN BE BROUGHT AGAINST THIS MURDERER. YES, MURDERER, PROVEN FACT WHEN YOU SHOOT SOMEONE IN THE BACK……..RIGHT????.

    OUT LOVE IS WITH YOU DANA, AND THAT IS ONE THING THAT CAN NEVER BE TAKEN AWAY. WE
    WILL KEEP YOUR STORIES ALIVE FOR ALL THE YOUNGER ONES. I KNOW YOU WILL BE MISSED BY MY BOYS, ESPECIALLY DURING HUNTING SEASON. AND MOSTLY BECAUSE IT’S THEIR TURN TO TELL YOU SOME STORIES, NOW THAT THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO HUNT ALONE. ALL OUR LOVE.XO

    R.I.P.
    DANA, YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY MANY PEOPLE, UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST. ALL OUT THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. WE LOVE YOU. YOU ARE NOW OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL TO WATCH OVER US. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, ALL MY LOVE…….

    • christa says:

      the dogs didn’t bark daily. the dogs were well kept and maintained. as far as dana not not disrespecting a elderly person, well there are filed police reports that dana disrespected vulgerly to mr miller and to his wife. how respectful is it to cuss out ,yes reports state so, cuss out a man’s wife. this was a very tragic event and fear can make a person react in ways that unless you or i are in a situation don’t know what we would do or have done. he wasn’t called a drunk because he was in the bar that evening, it was referered to other comments and opinions. please refrain from name calling if you don’t know either of the people. it was bad enough that someone assumed they knew paul and had no idea who they were talking about.

      • Chrissy says:

        really?? keep trying to justify premeditated murder. maybe you can convince yourself but you’ll never convince me that if someone yells at you, you should kill them. Haven’t you ever heard the old saying “stick and stones will break my bones, but WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME”. Stop making excuses for a cold blooded murderer. If he didn’t like what Dana was saying all he had to do was turn around and go into his house and stay there or call the police, not get a gun and go back outside and wait. Who would do that? Certainly not a “sweet” person. Give it up!!!! There is no justification for this murder.

        And I beg to differ with your comment that I don’t know what I would do in a similiar situation, because I know that shooting an unarmed man in the back while he’s running away from me would never even cross my mind!

      • Lentille says:

        It is not respectful to leave one’s dog barking away when you know it disturbs your neighbors.I don’t understand what is meant here by ‘respect’.

      • John Smith says:

        I believe Micheles comment she called him a drunk and a bully so there you go. Do you live around there? There are neighbors on several of the stories that report the dogs constantly barked so evidently they must bark.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dana was a good guy- I was his neighbor for two years on Flagler Ave. He was always very social and respectful. We shared some good times.

    • Michele Rinaldi says:

      You couldn’t of said it better Brenda. I was with Matante Della tonight, my heart breaks for her.

  22. My Family, and I have lived IN this neighborhood for around 10 years now, its usually pretty quiet around here, you have some of your usual annoyances such as speeding cars, loud stereos, partying people, and YES, BARKING dogs… in those 10 years I never personaly met either of the two men even though we live only several houses away, I do believe that Dana may have tried to solicit some tree trimming business from me once… and when he would drive by,( I knew his truck) if I was outside He would wave as he passed. Seemed to be a Nice, Decent Guy…. As far as Mr miller is concerned however, what I can tell you is that my wife had a couple of encounters with him outside of our front yard,he would walk his dog, not carry a doggie waste bag, and he would let he dog deficate in our yard, the first time my wife noticed this, she didn’t say anything to him. several weeks later she observed him again letting his dog crap in our yard, when she went out to say something to him , mr miller said something like ‘ the first three feet of your yard is public property’ or something to that effect, she told him he still needed to carry a doggie waste bag, as this was a city ordinance, my wife said he mumbled something,walked away, and left the dog crap there. After that, my wife never saw it happen again ( lucky for her he didn’t “snap” then eh? ) We too have a dog, who for the majority of the time is outside, and does tend to bark alot when she hears other dogs barking, or cats fighting etc. and only once in those 10 years has someone complained to us about our barking dog, and when the did, we corrected the problem, and that was that, I wasn’t mad at the person for complaining, they DID live next door, and if they were entertaining outdoors, this would always excite our dog, so they let us know, we apoligized, as YES we realized that our dog barking WAS an annoyance to our neighbors,
    and we CORRECTED the problem.
    Obviously this man Paul Miller has a different way of correcting his problems! if you feel threatened call 911
    dementia? no no no, dont even try to go there… oh well, I guess he just “snapped” NOPE! wrong answer again… 1880’s Dodge was come to Flagler Av in Flagler Beach! Wow! I must be dreaming… Gunslinger on the loose… and whats up with that TATTOO?? of the tombstone??? I have 9 tattoos on my body, and each one DOES have a meaning… does he consider himself to be a ‘gunslinger’ of the old west?? RESPECT of life must have changed, because why else would you commit such a selfish act? Thats my two cents worth… Sorry Mr Mulhall and to your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. And we will pray for you too Michelle, and your mother, and your siblings…

  23. Regular Girl says:

    I don’t know any of the people involved in this, so I can’t comment on the history between the two guys – presumably that’ll come to light during the investigation. But whatever happened I just wanna remind people that there are two families and two sets of friends hurting right now. Whatever you think of Mr Miller, and however wrong his actions were, he was still a human being with wife and kids and grand kids, and I’m sending as many prayers and blessings to them as I am to Mr Mulhall’s family. No-one is a winner in this kind of situation. Blessings to everyone affected.

  24. K says:

    I feel sorry for Mr. Miller’s family but that does not change the fact that he is a cold blooded coward that shot a man three times in the back.

  25. Out of curiosity says:

    I did read the law, it is not restricted to being in your home or car…..
    (3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony

  26. chrissy says:

    If there is any justice in this country, the charges will be upgraded to first degree murder, and Paul Miller will spend the rest of his life in prison (at the very least)

  27. Just MHO says:

    People with guns kill people – I truly believe that if there wasn’t a gun involved in this situation there would’nt have been a death. JMHO.

  28. PatBos says:

    To the best of my recollection, that Paul Miller bought the house less than 2 years ago and his barking dogs have been bothering people ever since. One man and his son went out very late, after midnight, one night to find out where the incessant barking was coming from and it was coming from Miller’s house. The next day, they tried to talk to Miller about it and he was extremely rude, told them that his dog wasn’t barking and to get the F— off his property, in those words. Just about every other word out of his mouth was F— or some curse word or other vulgar expression. He was a miserable, dysfunctional, antisocial old fool and I hope he spends the rest of his dog-loving life in prison!

  29. palmcoaster says:

    @PatBos. I wish you and your neighbors from now on will call the City of Flagler Beach Code Enforcement Department regarding barking dogs…is too risky to ask your neighbor to quiet their dogs or end any other city ordinance violation that constitutes a nuisance. If neighbors would have called the city to enforce the ordinance, Mr. Dana would be alive and that old man in his house with quiet dogs. I never did or would address a code violation in person to a neighbor…in some areas is like playing Russian Roulette. People trying to talk to their neighbors about an offensive violation and do it just to be nice and can cost them their lives. I tried that myself regarding some late night cussing teens loud parties and was cussed as well and after that, I decided that was a code enforcement job not mine. The outcome was…a problem solved!

  30. Meh says:

    Now now, Florida didn’t convict Casey Anthony, don’t expect us to do the right thing this time either..

    This will have to be settled by the man upstairs…

  31. FB Res Fed UP says:

    @PalmCoaster, obviously YOU have never tried calling City of Flagler Beach Code Enforcement Department for help with a neighbors pet! Maybe in PC it was handled but that just isnt what has happened in FB. I have numerous neighbors (at least 4) and myself that have complained about one neighbor’s cats (she has 6 of them) pooping in our yards and flower beds DAILY! Our code enforcer questioned her on how many cats she had was told she was allowed to have 4 so she gave 2 away for abt 3 weeks til no more code enforcer comes by and she gets her two cats back so we are again up to 6 cats pooping in everyone else’s yard. DO YOU have any idea how BAD the smell is-awwwwfuuullll! At City Hall in FB there is information sheets advising CATS are domestic animals AND same rules apply to them as DOGS! Leased at all times on under control on THEIR owners property! It has actually become comical…

  32. palmcoaster says:

    @FB..I am not a resident of FB so I am not that sure how well code enforcement works for the residents in your city. I sure understand your frustration with your code enforcement regarding your neighbors lack of care to keep her cats in doors or on a leash to just defecate her property and not yours.
    If I were you, I go to city hall and ask to speak with the code enforcement department manager. You may try to do it by phone first. Explain in detail, firm but respectfully what you have to endure and that you want the issue after so many times of being addressed in vane, finally to be resolved. I doubt it will not be resolved, once you show them your firm determination. Ultimately if exceptionally the problem will subsist I would ask the Flagler Beach City Clerk by written note, if necessary, to place your problem for the next agenda meeting and to give you the date of that city commissioners meeting when your problem would be addressed “better be soon” and attend the meeting to request in person to your elected city commissioners to resolve the violation. Rarely will get to that point before your issue will be resolved.
    I enclose copy of your City of FB ordinance (keep it handy) that has to be enforced as you “have the right to your quality of life in your property”, scroll down to Removal of Animal Waste. Also in the last line is the city web site as well: http://www.cityofflaglerbeach.com/images/Animals_Flyer_2_.pdf
    If someone comes up with the argument that those are stray cats, try to take pictures of those while on your property. Images are very powerfull allies in a complain.
    Unfortunately is too late for Mr. Dana Mulhall and I believe that if he would have gone to the city to resolve Miller’s barking dog nuisance violation…he would be alive today. Trying to be nice to a neighbor’s nuisance violation by asking him to resolve it, plus the fact that the neighbor may or may not own guns backed by this extreme “shoot first ask later aka stand your ground law in Florida”, I would not risk, demand that city code enforcement, do it.

  33. Gary & Amanda Henderson says:

    Dana is a dear friend to our family members… He is a great man.. We have heard all of this and it really sickens me that Mr. Miller is claiming self defense… There was no reason for him to feel he needed to defend his self with a Gun… Dana was in his own yard, separated by a fence. Mr. Miller had many options other than taking a life that day. He first had the option of bringing his dogs in the house. He had the option of letting the dogs stay out and bark, and him go in the house. He had the option to just ignore the complaints coming from across the fence. He had the option take his dogs for a little walk/ride. He had the option to call the police on his “Drunk” “beligerant” neighbor who was yelling at him. He had many options. The option he chose was to go into his house, grab a gun and go out onto his porch and wait. Wait for Dana to come back out of his own home. When he did Mr. Miller chose to reignite the argument, and he chose to continue the confrontation. In the end, He fired not once. twice, but 5 shots at Dana who was walking/running away from him.. We all know that it is virtually impossible to stop a dog from barking & people, neighbors ect.. can get aggravated by the constant barking of dogs but to take the life of another human being over a complaint of a barking dog is uncalled for.. We pray for peace love and Justice for Dana;s Parent’s family & friends.. as it has been stated there will never be closure We pray for Justice For Dana & his Family!!

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