Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # 3443
Weapon: Rifle; Semi-automatic
Offender: Sentenced to 30 years
Trooper Terry Miller was shot and killed when he was ambushed at a 911 hang-up call.
Trooper Miller was backing up Deputy Mark Stephenson and Deputy Thomas Monse, of the Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, whom had also responded to the call. When Trooper Miller arrived on scene he discovered the two deputies had been shot and killed. He radioed for backup but was also shot and killed by the subject, who was laying in ambush in a ditch across the road. Trooper Miller wasn't even able to remove his seat belt before being shot.
Other officers who arrived on scene exchanged fire with the man. Two more officers and the subject were shot and wounded before the man committed suicide with the stolen handgun.
An accomplice to the suspect who bailed him out of jail and helped him purchase ammunition in order to ambush the officers was sentenced to death in March 2001. The conviction was overturned on appeal and he was sentenced to 30 years in prison under a plea agreement.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Deputy Sheriff Mark Louis Stephenson
Deputy Sheriff Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.