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Sergeant Eldon K. Miller | Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas

Sergeant

Eldon K. Miller

Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas

End of Watch: Friday, January 19, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 15 years

Badge # 98

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Released in 2005

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Sergeant Eldon Miller was shot and killed while assisting area officers in a massive manhunt for two men and two women who had shot and wounded an Overland Park police officer, after robbing a local bank.

The assailant's abandoned vehicle was located near an Overland Park apartment complex. As officers searched the complex, one of the men fired through an apartment door at the officers.

Sergeant Miller, who was outside of the apartment, jumped into a Johnson County Sheriff's Department patrol car and drove it towards the apartment's window to provide cover for officers who were outside. As he did so, the assailant opened fire through the window, striking him in the head. The assailant was seriously wounded by the other officers return fire. The other three suspects who were not with Sergeant Miller's killer were arrested ten days later.

The suspect was convicted of Sergeant Miller's murder and several bank robberies receiving a total of 265 years in prison. He was released from prison May 24, 2005.

Sergeant Miller had served with the Kansas Highway Patrol for 15 years.

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I served on the Kansas Highway Patrol with my friend Sgt
Eldon Miller. One of my first assignments as a Recruit Trooper was to work at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson where I had the privilege of working intersection traffic control with Eldon. During that brief period of days during the fair, I became acquainted and became friends with Eldon. A few years later, he and another Patrol friend, Dudley Cranston, would come to Mankatp to hunt pheasants as both had been stationed at Mankato previously. As a young trooper, I felt extremely fortunate to be in their presence and hear their many stories. I was patrolling US 36 7 miles west of Mankato when the report of his death was broadcast over my patrol radio. That was one of my saddest memories of my 27 years service with the KHP.

Laynard L. (Lanny) Shearer, Lt. Col. (Re
Kansas Highway Patrol
January 19, 2016

 

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