UPDATE: Man killed in first Montrose homicide in three years identified, further details released

Mark Miller, age 60
Mark Miller, age 60(Montrose County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 12:21 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 3:33 PM MDT
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UPDATE: 3:26 p.m. Sept. 6 - MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) - The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man killed in the first homicide in Montrose County in three years.

Authorities state that the victim is 41-year-old Olathe, Colorado resident Jonas Najar Junior.

Mark Miller, a 64-year-old Montrose man, is charged with second degree murder and is being held on $75,000 bond in the Montrose County Jail. According to authorities, Miller left the area to report his own crime as service in the area was low, then returned to the scene of the crime to await arrest.

“If anyone has additional information about this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office at 970-252-4023,” said Montrose County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Commander Ty Cox.

The incident is under investigation by the MCSO and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

This story is still developing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) - A man was shot and killed Monday morning in an apparent disagreement, marking the first homicide in Montrose in three years.

According to Montrose County Sheriff Gene Lillard, 60-year-old Mark Miller has been identified as the suspected shooter. He has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, with additional formal charges still pending.

The victim is a man in his 40s, but authorities have yet to release his identity.

According to the MCSO, the victim was traveling on O74 Road Monday morning where he encountered Miller, who was walking his dog in the area. The two men apparently got into an argument, and Miller then allegedly shot the driver, according to authorities.

Miller himself called 911 to report the shooting, as well as one other person in the area.

Upon arriving on the scene, authorities state that the dead man’s body was outside of his vehicle, lying in the middle of the road. “They got to the scene where they were able to try CPR on the decedent. It appeared that he had been shot,” said Sheriff Lillard.

This story is still developing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.