Brent E. Miller vowed that he would not be taken alive after being charged in connection with a Wyoming robbery and murder. He was right.
National Park Service forest rangers in Nevada on Saturday shot and killed Miller, 28, whose last reported residence was in South Salt Lake.Miller was shot as he walked toward a group of rangers while pointing a gun, that was strapped to his hand, and threatening to shoot. Miller was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun just before 1 p.m. after he was seen brandishing a gun and yelling at passing motorists near the intersection of North Shore and Lake Shore roads in Lake Mead National Park in southern Nevada.
Las Vegas Detective Dave Hatch said an autopsy revealed that Miller died from a single shotgun blast to the center of chest.
Hatch said the majority of the 14 eyewitnesses to the incident were vacationers from Helper and Roy.
Arlen Price, 33, who is also wanted in connection with the murder, was arrested on the Las Vegas strip near Flamingo Road by Las Vegas police early Sunday morning after police received an anonymous tip. Price is being held in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on a fugitive warrant pending extradition proceedings.
Miller's car was found abandoned several hours after the arrest in Barstow, Calif., Hatch said.
Miller and Price were being sought in connection with the Feb. 25 robbery and stabbing death of Price's uncle, Lewis Price Jr., 55, Buffalo Valley, Wyo., some 40 miles north of Jackson Hole. Wyoming police believe Lewis Price was stabbed and beaten to death while resisting a robbery attempt.
On Thursday, South Salt Lake and Salt Lake police staged a raid on a home at 49 E. Gregson Ave. hoping to capture the suspects, but the house was empty. The men had been seen in South Salt Lake Monday, police said.
At Lake Mead, Miller was reported brandishing a semi-automatic pistol. The first ranger that responded to the scene backed off and called for assistance when Miller pointed the gun at the ranger's truck. Two other rangers responded and Miller was shot when he refused an order to drop his gun, threatened to shoot the officers and continued to walk towards them with his gun pointed.
The three rangers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave with pay until the completion of the shooting investigation, according to park service policy.