December 12, 1983 Officer Miller was dispatched
with another officer to a reported intrusion
alarm at the Westport High School, 39th
and Oak. Upon his arrival, he spotted
a burglar leaving the area and gave chase
before his backup could arrive. After
a brief foot chase, the officer apparently
became involved in a fight with the suspect,
at which time he was disarmed and shot
with his own service revolver. Officer
Miller died of his wounds on December
13, 1983. The fatal round entered between
two panels of Officer Miller's vest.
Approximately one year later, the officer's
gun was recovered, and the suspect charged.
suspect was sentenced to two consecutive
life terms in prison.
Patrolman Miller had served with the
agency for 5 years. He was survived by
his wife and daughter.