Trooper Injured In Fight For His Life, Suspect Tries To Get His Gun


Wilmington – Delaware State Police have arrested a Wilmington man for assaulting and attempting to remove a Troopers firearm, while being taken into custody on drug related charges, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2017, as the Trooper was on routine patrol in the area of N. Claymont Street and Todds Lane, Wilmington. The Trooper observed a subject, later identified as Kyon A. Miller, 37, of Wilmington, open a small package, and proceed to snort the contents, said Austin.

Austin said the Trooper, who was in full uniform, exited his patrol vehicle and approached Miller, at which time he fled on foot, disregarding verbal commands to stop. Miller was located after a brief foot pursuit, at which time he proceeded to actively resist arrest, disregarding numerous verbal commands to stop resisting.

A struggle ensued, with both subjects going to the ground, as the Trooper continued his attempt to take Miller into custody. As the two wrestled on the ground, a black female, who was seen with Miller prior to him fleeing, approached and proceeded to remove items from his pants pockets, according to Austin. The Trooper directed his attention to the female and ordered her to back up, however she refused to comply and continued to remove items from Miller’s pockets, at which time the Trooper observed several white pills fall onto the ground.

As the Trooper diverted his attention to the female, he lost control of Miller, who was then able to position himself on top of the Trooper. Miller then began pulling on the Trooper’s firearm, in an attempt to remove it from his holster. As the two struggled over the firearm, assisting Troopers arrived on scene and were able to take Miller into custody. As a result of the physical altercation the Trooper sustained an injury to his knee.

A subsequent search of Miller produced three small plastic bags containing heroin, said Austin.

Miller was transported to Delaware State Police Troop 1 for processing, at which time he gave a fictitious name. After confirming Miller’s true identity he was charged with one count each of: Attempting to Remove a Firearm from Possession of a Law Enforcement Officer, Assault 2nd Degree (Injure a Law Enforcement Officer), Resisting Arrest, Criminal Impersonation and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Miller was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 before being committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $33,035.00 secured bond.

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