Police Officer Russell Myron Miller, Sr.

Police Officer Russell Myron Miller, Sr.

Chino Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 1, 2000

Russell Myron Miller, Sr.

Officer Russell Miller was struck by a drunk driver while making a traffic stop in the early morning hours.

During the stop, Officer Miller was walking from his cruiser towards the driver of a pickup truck when the drunk driver struck him from behind, throwing him into the bed of the pickup truck. After the collision, the drunk fled the scene, but was arrested a short time later after crashing into a telephone pole.

The driver of the pickup truck flagged down another passing patrol car for assistance. Officer Miller was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately ten hours after the incident. The suspect was charged with second-degree murder and felony hit and run.

Officer Miller had served with the Chino Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Think of you often. When Russ Jr. and Zachary were in Tiger Cubs and when we coached baseball together with them. I remember the last time I saw you in Norco and you told me about your plans to retire and move to Montana. I also remember reading the tele-type at work the morning after you had been killed by a drunk driver. Hard to believe it has been 17 years.

Retired Sergeant Kevin Bieker
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January 30, 2017

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