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Trooper Terry Wayne Miller | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

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Terry Wayne Miller

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 12, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 3443

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Semi-automatic

Offender: Sentenced to 30 years

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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.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy Sheriff Mark Louis Stephenson
Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 12, 1999
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.
Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 12, 1999
Cause: Gunfire

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Trooper Miller took my place when I transfered to a different duty station. Deputy Stephenson was my friend and worked together while i was there. I remember that night so well as I saw it on the news as it was happening off duty, but uniformed up and sped down there. Gunfire still going on as I arrived not knowing that my friends were already gone. I will never forget that night, my thoughts are still with the faminly's.

Donny Kindred SSGT.
Texas Department of Public Safety
October 13, 2016

 

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