Undersheriff Kenneth Ellsworth Miller

Undersheriff Kenneth Ellsworth Miller

Beaver County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, December 10, 1977

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Kenneth Ellsworth Miller

Undersheriff Kenneth Miller was shot and killed while investigating reports of a man attempting to stop traffic north of Turpen, Oklahoma, at 1:00 am. A citizen who went to Undersheriff Miller's home to report the incident was also shot and killed when he rode to the scene with Undersheriff Miller.

The two suspects stole Undersheriff Miller's patrol car and fled the scene. They then stole another truck but were arrested the following day in Utah after a high-speed pursuit.

The suspects, ages 21 and 29, were convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life. The 29-year-old suspect died in prison on March 10th, 2004.

Undersheriff Miller was survived by his wife and four daughters.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 16

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

suspicious person

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I was a sophomore at Beaver High School when this occurred. My father worked for the Beacer Police Department and eventually became their Chief of Police. After the shooting, my father accompanied Alan Clark transporting both victims to the Medical Examiner's Office in OKC. Before they left, they stopped by our house to fill up their thermos with coffee. I went out and saw them lying in the back of the ambulance. Kenny's death made an impact on me choosing law enforcement as a career. Many years ago, a fellow officer went to the memorial wall and got a rubbing of Kenny's name for me. That rubbing has been displayed in my office ever since. In 2014, I went with my department's Honor Guard (Edmond Police Department, Okla.) to Washington D.C. For the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremonies, and I also went to the wall and proudly got a rubbing of Kenny's name. I have told Kenny's story to many officers over the years and how his death impacted more people than he will ever know. May his family have peace and comfort and may God watch over you all, as well as all my fellow brothers and sisters in uniform.

Lieutenant Scott Fees
Edmond Police Department, Edmond, Oklahoma

May 9, 2015

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