Patrolman Richard Paul Miller, Sr.

Patrolman Richard Paul Miller, Sr.

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, August 25, 1981

Richard Paul Miller, Sr.

Patrolman Richard Miller was shot and killed by an auto-theft suspect at 15th and Girard Avenue North.

Patrolman Miller had requested backup but confronted the suspects before the backup arrived. As he talked to a female passenger the male driver exited the stolen vehicle and opened fire, striking Patrolman Miller in the chest several times. The gun the suspect was using was a stolen police revolver.

The suspect was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life.

Patrolman Miller had served with the Minneapolis Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and four grandchildren.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 4797

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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The killer is Isaac Brown, 23 at the time, Aug 25, 1981 is when Miller was shot. He stole the .357 used to kill Richard Miller from a parked car owned by another police officer. Miller took 4 rounds directly to the chest. 2 others were riding in the stolen pickup stopped by Richard Miller. Brown received life in Stillwater.

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