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Deputy Sheriff Douglas B. Miller | Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, California Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

Douglas B. Miller

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Monday, June 9, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/9/1986

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed by officers

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Deputy Douglas Miller was shot and killed after responding to a call of an emotionally disturbed person. Deputy Miller and three other officers responded to the scene. When they attempted to take the suspect into custody a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to gain control of Deputy Miller's weapon. He shot and killed Deputy Miller. He then wounded two other officers before the third officer was able to get a hand free from the struggle, draw his own weapon and kill the suspect.

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I cannot believe it's been 27+ years since we lost Doug. He was a beat partner, a friend, a neighbor and my wife's classmate. We shared our locker area at the West Side Station in Saratoga. I was off duty that night and remember my father calling me to see if I was alright. When I called ops and learned of this tragedy, all I could do was cry. I vividly remember being honored to be selected as a pall bearer. I can still remember the car ride and how sad we all were. Miss you my brother.

Peter Evangel, Retired Deputy
Santa Clara County S/O
December 31, 2014

 

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