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Millard, Sgt. Louis A.

End of Watch: 
Wednesday, August 27, 1986
County: 
Okanogan
Agency: 
Colville Tribal P.D.

On Wednesday, August 27, 1986, Sergeant Louis Millard and Officer John Dick of the Colville Tribal Police Department were in Nespelem, Washington searching for a man who escaped police custody from a hospital earlier in the evening.

The man’s son came to the hospital and helped his dad escape.  The suspect had earlier resisted arrest, then complained of chest pains associated with a fight he had with arresting officers.  The man and son were chased by officers in a pursuit.  Their car crashed and they fled on foot, carrying a bag containing guns.

An officer who drove to the man’s home to wait for the two found the men approaching the house and radioed for assistance.  Sergeant Millard and other officers approached the home, but they were ambushed by the suspects as they hid behind a chicken coop.  The suspects fired flares into the air to illuminate the area where the officers were standing.

Sergeant Millard was shot in the chest, just above his vest while Officer Dick was struck in the back.  Officer Dick attempted to pull the sergeant to safety, but he was unable to reach him.  Sergeant Millard died at the scene. 

The father was wounded in the gunfight and was arrested that night.  The son was taken into custody after a two-day search.

Both suspects were convicted of aggravated first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Millard had served with the Colville Tribal Police for eight years. He was survived by his son.