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Detective Sergeant William A. Miller | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Sergeant

William A. Miller

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, January 5, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # 120

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in August 1922

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Detective William Miller and Detective Francis Buckley were shot and killed by a suspect they were questioning in regards to the shooting of a patrolman the previous month.

Detective Miller and Detective Buckley went to Public School #89, at Lenox Avenue and 135 Street, Manhattan, where they believed the suspect might be. They found the suspect and had him accompany them to the station to see if the wounded patrolman could identify him. Unknown to the detectives, about an hour earlier, the suspect had shot and killed a man during a hold-up. The detectives placed the suspect in a taxi cab and proceeded to the 38th Precinct station house.

As they walked toward the station house after exiting the taxi, the suspect suddenly began to run. After taking a few steps, the suspect turned and drew a handgun from his sleeve. He opened fire, striking Detective Miller in the head, killing him. Detective Buckley attempted to draw his weapon, but was shot before he could do so. He was removed to Harlem Hospital where he died from his wounds the next day.

The suspect fled on foot from the location. He was arrested four days later by members of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Police Department and returned to New York City. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The suspect was executed in August 1922.

Detective Miller was survived by his wife and nine children. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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End of Watch: Friday, January 6, 1922
Cause: Gunfire

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Dear Great-Great-Grandpa Miller,
You have been an inspiration to me my entire life. I heard your story as a little boy and have always thought about it. You are an amazing man and I am proud to be named after you. You will never be forgotten.

Will Miller
Great-Great-Grandson
September 29, 2014

 

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