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Patrolman Leonard Clifford Miller | Apollo Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Apollo Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania


Leonard Clifford Miller

Apollo Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, January 3, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 78

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Patrolman Leonard Miller was shot and killed after stopping a car that had sped past him twice. He was shot twice in the chest as he approached the vehicle. The two suspects were also responsible for the murders of three other people that same weekend.

Both were apprehended and sentenced to death. Both had their convictions overturned in 1991 and 1996. Both were retried and again sentenced to death. Their appeals for new trials were denied in 2011 and 2012. One of the subjects died in prison on September 3, 2017.

Patrolman Miller's murder occurred on his third day as a full time officer with the Apollo Police Department. He had previously served as a part-time officer for the Apollo Police Department and Vandergrift Police Departments for 2.5 years. He is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Apollo, Pennsylvania. He was survived by his parents.

In 2005 the Apollo Bridge was renamed the Leonard C. Miller Bridge.

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As a young news reporter I covered this tragic story. Officer Miller was an only child. His Mother, whom I interviewed, was informed and bed fast. His Father, an elderly slight man, who wore his grief with quiet dignity, was in th courtroom every day. Officer Miller was the last victim of the "kill for thrill" duo, that should have been excecuted decades ago.

Congressman Ron Klink
January 6, 2017


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