Officer John Henry Miller

Officer John Henry Miller

Spokane Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, February 12, 1939

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John Henry Miller

Officer John Miller was accidentally shot and killed while attending an FBI investigation training school in Washington, DC.

He and another school attendee were practicing quick draw from the hip with unloaded weapons at their boarding house at 1717 P Street, NW. Officer Miller had asked the other officer to show him the move one last time before going to dinner. The other officer, forgetting that he had reloaded his weapon, drew the weapon and pulled the trigger, striking Officer Miller in the head.

The local coroner ruled Officer Miller's death as accidental.

Officer Miller had served with the Spokane Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Location District of Columbia

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Once again a terrible tragedy rears its ugly head. Quick draw seems so rampant and yet, Officer Miller, you were a brave soul. Your friend who accidentally shot you had to bare his guilt for many decades. Rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 29, 2019

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