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Trooper Joshua D. Miller
Pennsylvania State Police
Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Sunday, June 7, 2009

Biographical Info
Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 8819

Incident Details
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 suspect's 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 the 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.

When Trooper Miller and his partner were engaged in the gun battle, two other troopers were able to rescue the boy from the passenger seat of the suspect's 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 is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR, RICHARD VANNOY 8/04/09

CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF MR. VANNOY

On behalf of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department and the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission, we would like to send our condolences to the family of Richard VanNoy who passed away on 08/04/09. Mr. VanNoy, who was a Tunkhannock Township Supervisor, proudly served on the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission since January of 2006. The Department and Commission will deeply miss Mr. VanNoy.

The Department and Commission truly appreciated his dedication and support that he gave to the Department and its Officers. He was committed to the mission and success of the Department and for that we are forever grateful.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the VanNoy family.

Harry W. Lewis
Chief of Police

 



BOROUGH OF MOUNT POCONO SUPERVISOR, ROY J. GROSS, SR. 4/05/15

CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF MR. GROSS

On behalf of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department and the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission, we would like to send our condolences to the family of Roy J. Gross, Sr. who passed away on 04/05/15. Mr. Gross, who was a Borough of Mount Pocono Supervisor, proudly served on the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission for 23 years. The Department and Commission will deeply miss Mr. Gross.

The Department and Commission truly appreciated his dedication and support that he gave to the Department and its Officers. He was committed to the mission and success of the Department and for that we are forever grateful.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gross family.

Chris Wagner
Chief of Police

 
 
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