Patrolman Leonard Clifford Miller

Patrolman Leonard Clifford Miller

Apollo Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, January 3, 1980

Leonard Clifford Miller

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.

Bio

  • Age 21
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 78

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I will always miss your easy hardy laugh, jokes, that beautiful smile! May you rest is peace, brother and know you are loved.

Sam Miller, Captain, Retired
Jupiter Police Department

January 3, 2018

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