Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to a call in the area of CR 227 and Bastrop Bayou. The call came in as a possible suicidal subject that was calling family members and stating that he was going to kill himself. This agency also received information that the subject was believed to be armed with an unknown type firearm. BCSO Unit 1542 located the subject in a vehicle matching the description given by family members. Once contact was made the subject refused commands to exit the vehicle. Additional deputies arrived on the scene to assist as well as Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division which were in the area on an un-related case.
Once the roadway and scene was secured negotiations began with the subject to exit the vehicle. The subject was described as hysterical and was screaming at the officers to shoot him. Officers saw the suspect raise a pistol to the right side of his head and discharge the weapon.
After exiting the victim’s head the bullet traveled outside the vehicle and struck Investigator Jimmy Miller in the upper left shoulder. At the time Investigator Miller was shot, he was issuing directives to the subject to drop the weapon and exit the vehicle. Investigator Jimmy Miller was transported from the scene aboard Lifeflight to Memorial Herman Hospital where he is currently listed in good condition. The subject, XXXXXXXX, was pronounced dead at the scene by an apparrant self inflicted gun shot wound to the head by Brazoria County Justice of the Peace Milan Miller and transported to the Galveston County Medical Examiner in Texas City. At the time time Investigator Jimmy Miller was shot he returned four shots striking the suspects vehicle. Additionally, two shots were delivered by a back up officer. None of the six shots struck the suspect.
Investigator Jimmy Miller has been employed with the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office for twelve years. Deputy Miller was promoted to the Criminal Investigative Division in 2004.