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Trooper Joshua Daniel Miller | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Trooper

Joshua Daniel Miller

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, June 7, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 10 years, 9 months

Badge # 8819

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Shot and killed

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Trooper Joshua Miller was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a kidnapping suspect.

At 7:45 pm, members of the Nazareth Police Department responded to a report of a protection-from-abuse order violation involving a weapon. When they arrived, the suspect took a 9-year-old boy from his mother at gunpoint and fled the location in a vehicle, leading to a 40 mile vehicle pursuit.

The suspect's vehicle was stopped in Coolbaugh Township (Monroe County) when members of the Pennsylvania State Police utilized the PIT maneuver, causing the vehicle to crash. Following the crash, Trooper Miller and another trooper approached the car in an attempt to rescue the boy, but the suspect opened fire on the troopers striking Trooper Miller in the neck and leg, and striking his partner in the arm. The troopers were able to return fire and killed the suspect.

While Trooper Miller and his partner were engaged in the gun battle, two other troopers were able to rescue the boy from the passenger seat of the suspect's vehicle and carried him to safety.

Trooper Miller was transported to a local hospital where he died from his wounds. His partner was also treated and recovered from his wound.

Trooper Miller had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for six years and was assigned to the Swiftwater State Police Barracks; he had previously served with the Tunkhannock Police department for four years before joining the Pennsylvania State Police on September 30, 2002, and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

On July 12, 2007 Trooper Miller, along with other members of the Pennsylvania State Police, assisted members of the New York City Police Department in the capture of two of the men who killed Police Officer Russell Timoshenko and wounded his partner on July 9, 2007 during a vehicle stop in Brooklyn, New York.

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Detective Russel Timoshenko
New York City Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Saturday, July 14, 2007
Cause: Gunfire

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Daddy,

Tonight is one of those nights that I'm filled with overwhelming sadness and despair to not have you here with me. Some days are easier than others and I try to be so strong for you because I know that's what you would want. I've always admired your strength and the way you carried yourself through all the walks of life. Never would I have imagined my life to have been like this years ago. I only wish I had held onto you longer, snuggled you more and told you I loved you every chance I got. I've come a long way in the past eight years, far more than I ever thought possible the day we lost you. I'm pursuing my degree and pushing forward to be everything you had wanted for me and more. I'm hoping to specialize in trauma and be able to help out others as much as you did in your job too. My 21st birthday is coming up in three days and I can't believe you won't be here to witness it. For sure my first drink/shot will be for you and in your memory. I promise I'll behave and won't give Mom too much of a hard time (; You wouldn't believe how strong she is Daddy. She is doing such an amazing job raising Jos on her own and I know you're watching over and helping every way you can. Jos is so incredibly beautiful and strong for such a little girl. I only wish she didn't have to endure so much as such a young age. I promise to forever be there to protect her and catch her whenever she falls though. I love you Daddy, with every fiber of my being. You will always be the #1 man in my life. Until I see you again..

Love always your little girl and hunter,
Breana Nicole

Breana Miller
Daughter
June 11, 2017

 

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