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Patrolman Richard Paul Miller, Sr. | Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Patrolman

Richard Paul Miller, Sr.

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 25, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 18 years

Badge # 4797

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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yes, I remember mr. miller. never had the pleasure of meeting him. I worked in the north side housing projects for 7 years. I remember that day like yesterday, such a waste of life because some a hole decided he was going to kill the next cop. Sad thing he actually knew him and was trying to help him get his life together. I know his wife was bitter and who could blame her. She was to raise their kids on her own. I hope this guy is still in jail or dead by now. I can't remember his name. Rest in peace mr. Miller. God knows how complicated it is to be police officer now a days. All the best. you guys have a thankless job. I'm very gratefull.

James Lindemann
November 21, 2015

 

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