Darren Doyle, story and photo
A potentially life threatening incident ended peacefully at the home of Michael Miller, 55, of Bee Spring on Wednesday, April 6th, after he called law enforcement and claimed that someone was going to be killed at the home within a few minutes.
Deputy Jordan Jones, along with Sgt. Nathan Dennis of the Brownsville Police Department, responded immediately and upon arrival, they located two juveniles and three adults in the home.
According to officials, officers evacuated the home, removing the two juveniles and the other two adults, all while being threatened to be shot by Miller. Multiple officers from the Sheriff's Office, Police Department, and KSP responded.
It was reported that Sheriff Shane Doyle and Deputy Stoney Phillips then entered the home to attempt to make contact with Miller. Deputy Phillips, who is a trained hostage/crisis negotiator, was able to make contact with Miller, eventually getting Miller to give up and seek treatment for his issues.
"This was a clear case of someone wanting to commit 'suicide by cop'," Doyle said. "Our objective is always to keep people safe, while also attending to people who need help. Mr. Miller clearly needed help, although he definitely didn't go about requesting it the right way."
Sheriff Doyle commended the responding officers on their work. "Our officers couldn't have done a better job responding to this situation. The initial responding officers risked their lives to save those kids, and we also had several officers respond who weren't working or even on call. I appreciate the sense of service that all of our deputies and police officers have," Doyle said.
Although no shots were fired and the incident ended quietly, Sheriff Doyle said his office is currently seeking charges against Miller and are now pending.