Fort Worth police release video of burglary suspect who shot himself
The Fort Worth Police Department released a video of a shooting that took place on Tuesday, December 12, when a suspect engaged in gunfire with officers before shooting himself in the head.
At approximately 9:10 pm that night, officers responded to a burglar alarm call at a business in the 700 block of N. Beach Street, and encountered Shane Miller, 35, on the property. They detained him for questioning.
The video shows that Miller asked if he could smoke a cigarette, and fished a lighter out of his pocket. An officer asked him if he was carrying a weapon, and he said no. They also asked him if he was in the military, and he said yes, for three years. When the officer said, Thank you for your service, Miller just shrugged.
When the police said that a third squad car was coming, Miller suddenly took off, running northbound on North Beach Street.
The two officers pursued. One shot his Taser at the fleeing Miller, so Miller pulled a gun from his waistband and started shooting towards the officers. Bodycam footage shows that one officer fell, while the second officer fired at Miller, who ran between two buildings. Two more officers joined the chase, running after Miller on foot.
Miller ran through the intersection at North Beach and Highway 121, and under the overpass. Officers lost sight him and went to their cars.
But meanwhile, a video caught Miller crossing the service road on the north side of Hwy 121, walking towards the McDonalds at the corner of North Beach and Hwy 121.
It show him trip on a storm drain and fall down on the sidewalk, then sit up and immediately shoot himself in the head, before falling back on the sidewalk.
Officers found him a minute later, lying on the ground. He was transported to a hospital by Medstar and later pronounced dead.
Officers recovered his gun as well as multiple handgun magazines loaded with bullets.
According to a release, the incident is being investigated by the Fort Worth Police Department Major Case Unit and Internal Affairs Unit and the completed investigation will be forwarded to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office for review.