Arizona Forest Service officer involved in shooting

(UPDATED at 11:22 p.m. MST January 8, 2018)

The FBI released more information Monday about the January 5 shooting in Arizona that left one person deceased:

A Forest Service Officer stopped to render assistance to a vehicular traffic accident. An altercation occurred between the officer and the subject, Tyler Miller of Kansas. It was later determined the officer was injured and treated on the scene by EMS personnel.  Miller was shot and transferred to a medical center and later declared deceased.


(UPDATED at 12:50 p.m. MST January 7, 2018)

According to KWCH, the person killed in the shooting that involved a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer January 5 has been identified as Tyler Miller. The uninjured USFS officer has not been named.

The FBI says 51-year-old Tyler Miller was injured and later died at a hospital. The officer’s name was not released, he suffered no injuries.

According to the office of the Kansas Secretary of State, Miller is the owner of TNT Bonding in Hutchinson [Kansas]. The family’s attorney, Matt Bretz, says Miller is a well-respected entrepreneur from Hutchinson.

The FBI says Miller was involved in a wreck earlier that evening.


(Originally published at 8:14 a.m. MST January 6, 2018)

A U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer was involved in a shooting Friday January 5 north of Sedona, Arizona. According to local media the officer was not injured but one person was transported and pronounced dead at a hospital.

State Route 89A was closed for about five hours as the FBI investigated the incident.

On December 11 a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service was shot while driving a vehicle in Monterey County, California. The victim, Division Chief Peter Harris, was shot in the neck and ear. The suspect, Jacob Kirkendall, fled but was found and arrested.

In 2012 National Park Service Ranger, Margaret Anderson, was shot and killed in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

12 thoughts on “Arizona Forest Service officer involved in shooting”

  1. Thanks Bill.
    You sire do help us to kep an eye out and an ear opened. This is serious and fore all now that MJ is being legalized by states BUT in conflict with the Federal laws could be the beginning of a tidal wave of problems. I hope this is quickly and sensibly addressed soon by the top level politicians. Those that aren’t alr4eady impaired by the Weeed they smoke in their secret room during breaks.

  2. The guys name is Tyler Miller from Hutchinson Kansas. He owned a bail-bonding company there. He was 51 years old. I am not sure what transpired between the officer and Miller. His last Facebook post was at the end of the year.

  3. A lot of people are converging to prepare for an upcoming marathon in Sedona and trails are being opened to practice, plus it’s high tourist season with the usual nice weather so there are a lot of people at campsites, RV parks, installed in their avoiding-the-northern-winters communities and well into their AZ winter social life etc. High season for retired snow birds, so it’s hard to find any spot to stay anywhere. Most places are full to capacity of very nice, responsible people.

  4. I wonder what happened to him that caused him to strip naked and run towards the USFS officer?

    1. What is the source for this statement?

      We strive for accuracy here at Wildfire Today. If no documentation is provided by 6 p.m. MST January 8, it will be deleted.

  5. It’s in the newspaper article above Bill. If you think I’m making it up, then delete it. I could care less.

    1. Thanks for the link, but calm down. I’ve read 8 to 10 articles about this incident and none of them mentioned what you said. Like I wrote earlier, I owe it to our readers to get the facts right.

      1. I know some of the first responders on this. There is a LOT MORE to this story!! Tazed at least twice and still assaulting the female officer. He was, according to witnesses driving 80-90 mph. Launched the Toyota pickup so high it cut telephone lines from the poles. The family of the guy has already hired a law practice. They have some rabid anti-law enforcement defenders who have threatened anyone who has questioned their storyline that he is anything but a “family man” If you saw the pictures of his truck, you’d see what I mean.

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