Report says man was bloody, naked before officer shot him
SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — A Kansas man was walking along an Arizona highway bloody and naked after a car crash before being shot and killed by a federal officer last month, according to newly released reports.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office released documents this week that reveal more details about the condition and behavior of Tyler Miller just before he was shot Jan. 5.
The 51-year-old Hutchinson man was on his way to a spiritual retreat in Sedona. The Miller family’s attorney, Matt Bretz, initially said that he apparently lost control of his pickup truck on a mountain road in Coconino National Forest.
The report said Miller managed to climb out of his car, which was lying on the driver’s side with exposed power lines touching it. He then gradually shed his clothing, shoes and socks and began walking along Highway 89A in Oak Creek Canyon, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Phoenix.
A witness said Miller was throwing rocks at vehicles, according to The Hutchinson News. Deputies found several softball-size rocks in the roadway.
The FBI’s Phoenix office, which is overseeing the investigation, said when U.S. Forest Service officer Krista Kuhns stopped to help she initially sounded shaken over the radio.
“I could hear in her tone she was shaky and was speaking loudly, consistent with an intense situation,” Deputy Kyle Walter wrote in the report. “Shortly after, I heard across the radio, ‘Shots fired.’”
According to the investigation report, Kuhns first used a Taser. She remains on administrative leave.
Miller’s son told authorities after the shooting that his father had been depressed and was in the midst of a separation from his wife, the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff reported. According to the police report, the son told detectives he worried his father was suicidal. Miller had sent his family texts about becoming religious that were seen as unusual.
The Miller family attorney didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press on Friday.
The Yavapai Medical Examiner’s Office said Miller died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Toxicology tests will not be released for several more weeks.