Trooper Joshua D. Miller
Pennsylvania State Police
End of Watch: Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 8819
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, June 7, 2009
Weapon Used: Handgun; 9 mm
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Trooper Joshua Miller was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a kidnapping suspect.
At 7:45 pm members of the Nazareth Police Department responded to a report of a protection-from-abuse order violation involving a weapon. As they arrived, the suspect took a 9-year-old boy from his mother at gunpoint and fled the location in a vehicle, leading to a 40 mile vehicle pursuit.
The suspects vehicle was stopped in Coolbaugh Township (Monroe County) when members of the Pennsylvania State Police utilized the PIT maneuver, causing the vehicle to crash. Following the crash, Trooper Miller and another Trooper approached the car in an attempt to rescue the boy from the suspect, but thee suspect opened fire on the Troopers striking Trooper Miller in the neck and leg and striking his partner in the arm. The Troopers were able to return fire, killing the suspect.
As Trooper Miller and his partner engaged the suspect in a gun-battle, two other Troopers rescued the 9-year-old boy from the passenger seat of the suspects vehicle and carried him to safety.
Trooper Miller was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his wounds. His partner was also treated, and recovered from his wound.
Trooper Miller had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for six years and was assigned to the Swiftwater State Police Barracks and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.
On July 12, 2007 Trooper Miller, along with other members of the Pennsylvania State Police, assisted members of the New York City Police Department in the capture of two of the men who killed Police Officer Russel Timoshenko and wounded his partner on July 9, 2007 during a vehicle stop in Brooklyn, New York...
Related Line of Duty Deaths Police Officer Russel Timoshenko
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, July 14, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire.