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Miller, Officer John H.

End of Watch: 
Sunday, February 12, 1939
County: 
Spokane
Agency: 
Spokane P.D.

Officer Miller was accidentally shot and killed while attending an FBI investigation training school in Washington, DC. He and another school attendee were practicing quick draw from the hip with unloaded weapons at their boarding house on P Street, NW. Officer Miller had asked the other officer to show him the move one last time before going to dinner. The other officer, forgetting that he had reloaded his weapon, drew the weapon and pulled the trigger, striking Officer Miller in the head. The local coroner ruled Officer Miller’s death as accidental. Officer Miller had served with the Spokane Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.