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Patrolman Phillip Allen Miller | Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman

Phillip Allen Miller

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 13, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Philip Miller was shot and killed after responding to a burglary alarm at a high school.

When he approached the scene he scared one of the burglars and became involved in a foot chase. As he was looking for the burglar, the man ambushed him from a dark driveway. The fatal round entered between two panels of his vest.

The killer was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison.

Patrolman Miller had served with the Kansas City Police Department for 5 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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A fellow officer, one I had the pleasure of teaching in the academy when he came aboard KCPD. Several years later, I was involved in the investigation of his murder. There are images emblazoned in my mind I wish I could forget. I remember how two or three days earlier, our paths crossed while we on the job. Phil was a fine officer and a very fine man. His loss profoundly affected the department, just as all on-duty deaths did and have since. Phil is sorely missed; Phil was deeply loved and respected; and Phil's tragic death diminished my own life by his sudden absence.

Detective Donnie Bowerman
Kansas City, MO, Police Department
June 24, 2016

 

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