Sheriff's Detective David E. Miller was killed
in a vehicle accident while off duty on January 2, 1983.
Detective Miller was leaving a north area establishment
when his brother-in-law, who had accompanied him, became involved
in an altercation with two men in the parking lot. The two subjects
got into their car and while leaving the parking lot, the vehicle
swerved and struck Miller's brother-in-law. Detective Miller, witnessing
the incident, jumped into his pick up truck and chased the two men.
He had witnessed the altercation and when the vehicle struck his
brother-in-law, perhaps causing serious injury or death, he believed
he had been deliberately run over and pursued the potentially fleeing
Detective Miller drove at high rate of speed following
the two subjects. As he gained on the vehicle, he attempted to slowly
force it over to the side of the road; however, Detective Miller's
pick up hit the rear of the other car and the pick up left the road,
hitting a power pole. Detective Miller was killed instantly in the
Subsequent investigation determined that
Miller's brother-in-law was struck accidentally causing minor injuries.
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