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Tyler Miller and family

A photo of Tyler Miller and his family. Miller, of Hutchinson, Kansas, was fatally shot Jan. 5 by a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer in Oak Creek Canyon. 

The Kansas man who was fatally shot by a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer in Oak Creek Canyon on Friday was not armed, according to a family attorney who has been in contact with the FBI.

Tyler Miller, 51, was traveling through Oak Creek Canyon to a spiritual retreat in Sedona when he “apparently lost control of his pickup truck and went off the road where his vehicle hit a large rock. It is unclear exactly what happened next, except to say that after Ty got out of his crashed vehicle, a U.S. Forest Service officer shot Ty near the scene of the accident,” stated a press release sent out by the law firm Bretz & Young. It attributed the sequence of events to the FBI. Efforts to contact the FBI directly have been unsuccessful.

State Route 89A was closed for several hours on Friday due to the shooting.

Miller owned TNT Bonding in Hutchinson, Kansas, and is survived by his wife of 28 years and their four sons.

He coached his son’s ball teams and was involved in various business ventures in the community, stated Amy Long, with Bretz & Young.

He was a “talented entrepreneur,” Long said.

She said she didn’t know if Miller was a native of Hutchinson and didn’t know if he had ever been to Arizona or the Sedona area before.

Comments posted on Facebook called Miller a generous person, a respectful businessman and an incredible man.

According to the FBI, it was determined the officer was injured and treated on the scene by EMS personnel. Miller was shot and transferred to a medical center and later declared deceased.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information has been released at this time.

Emery Cowan can be reached at (928) 556-2250 or


Environment, Health and Science Reporter

Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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