Officer Ralph W. Miller

Officer Ralph W. Miller

Manchester Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch Saturday, October 2, 1976

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Ralph W. Miller

Officer Ralph Miller was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a noise complaint involving a drunk teenager at a home on Hall Street.

As the officers approached the house the teenager fired a rifle through the screen door, striking Officer Miller in the chest.

The suspect, 15, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. He was paroled on October 4, 2016.

Officer Miller had served with the Manchester Police Department for just over one year. He is survived by his expectant wife and child. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 119
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Paroled in 2016

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Ofc. Miller, your call to heroism came 7 years before I started my law enforcement career in NH started. I remember discussions about your murder being part of my Academy training. You were the first NH line of duty death I ever learned about. Unfortunately too many more happened in my 34 years on the job. The Manchester Police are a dedicated team and I'm sure your family has been cared for and watched over and your unborn daughter knows you without having met you.

Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 2, 2022

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