Auxiliary Officer Michael J. Mills

Auxiliary Officer Michael J. Mills

Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Saturday, January 18, 1969

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Michael J. Mills

Auxiliary Officer Michael Mills was struck and killed by a drunk driver while he and his partner assisted a disabled motorist on North Virginia Street.

After striking Officer Mills, the suspect fled the scene but crashed into a nearby shed, fled on foot, and was arrested two hours later. The man was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and felony hit-and-run. Officer Mills' partner and the motorist they were helping were also struck and seriously injured. Both recovered but the man they were helping lost a leg.

The 33-year-old suspect was convicted of drunk driving, hit-and-run, and involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 6 years.

Auxiliary Officer Mills had served with the Reno Police Department for only five months. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two brothers, and mother.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 6 years

disabled motorist, drunk driver

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Rest in peace Auxiliary Officer Mills.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 2, 2019

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