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Policeman J. Willett Miller | Blowing Rock Police Department, North Carolina Blowing Rock Police Department, North Carolina

Policeman

J. Willett Miller

Blowing Rock Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, July 9, 1909

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/6/1909

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Policeman Willett Miller was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a subject for possessing whiskey in his home.

He had originally gone to the subject's home at approximately 4:00 pm to serve the warrant but the man wasn't there. As Policeman Miller walked down Main Street he saw the man exit a store and called out to him, but the man ignored him. When Policeman Miller caught up to him the man suddenly turned and shot him four times, and then struck him with his revolver several times.

Policeman Miller was taken to his home where he succumbed to his wounds three days later.

The subject was convicted of Policeman Miller's murder but the conviction was overturned on an appeal.

Policeman Miller was survived by his wife.

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We can only hope that your murderer faced true justice for his crimes, if not in this world, then in the next. On this 107th anniversary of your passing, we honor your memory.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
July 9, 2016

 

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