West Lampeter man charged in ambush murder

By on February 19, 2015

Randell Shreiner, a married painting contractor,  was upset that Monica Lynn Miller sought to permanently end their on-again, off-again relationship.

by PATRICK BURNS

Miller, who was a Cocalico High School graduate, lived in an apartment at 526 E. Main St.

Miller, who was a Cocalico High School graduate, lived in an apartment at 526 E. Main St.

Authorities say Randall Scott Shreiner, 58, stalked behind bushes in the freezing cold Wednesday morning to ambush Monica Lynn Miller, 44,  in the parking lot of the apartment complex where she lived.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Shreiner, of West Lampeter Township, fatally shot Miller, his on-again, off-again girlfriend.

The DA’s office charged Shreiner Thursday with criminal homicide and carrying a gun without a license. Shreiner is held without bail pending a Feb. 27 preliminary hearing before District Justice Tony S. Russell.

Police said the suspect fired four shots  and hit Miller as she sat in the car.  Miller exited the vehicle and collapsed in the parking lot.  Miller’s 20-year-old daughter who lived with Miller, saw the scene from the apartment balcony and called police at about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Miller was pronounced dead after  emergency workers arrived on the scene.

Stedman said Shreiner, a married painting contractor,  was upset that Miller sought to end the relationship.  Shreiner had last texted Miller  at 5:37 a.m. on Wednesday.

Miller map   Shreiner, who police had identified as a suspect Wednesday afternoon, turned himself in to Pennsylvania State Police at around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Police on Wednesday investigate the murder of Monica Lee Miller.

Police on Wednesday investigate the murder of Monica Lee Miller.

Miller, who was a Cocalico High School graduate, lived in an apartment at 526 E. Main St. Her murder is the first in Ephrata in more than a decade, according to police.

According to The Ephrata Review records, the last homicide in Ephrata was the September 2001 killing of Terry and his wife Lucy Smith.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455

 

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