KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Phillip Allen Miller
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 13, 1983
Age: 27
DOB: July 3, 1956
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Cause of death: Gunfire
Incident date: December 12, 1983
Suspect information: Sentenced to life
On 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.

The 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.