Few details released in fatal shooting of unarmed man by a Forest Service officer

From The Westerner Blog

Two days after a Kansas man was shot to death by a U.S. Forest Service worker near Sedona, authorities have not explained why the officer opened fire on the stranded motorist.

Tyler Miller, 51, had just crashed his pickup truck into a rock after losing control on a curvy road in the Coconino National Forest, according to Matt Bretz, a Kansas lawyer for Miller’s family. The unidentified U.S. Forest Service officer, who was not hurt, shot the Hutchinson, Kan., man after he got out of the truck, officials said.

“The FBI has stated that Ty was not armed,” Bretz said. “The FBI has further stated that they are conducting a full investigation and anticipate turning the matter over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed against the U.S. Forest Service officer.”

The FBI said it would not have further updates Sunday. Miller is survived by his high-school sweetheart and wife of 28 years, Darcy, and their four sons. Bretz said the family was not prepared to comment “as they continue to reel from the shock of this incredible and unimaginable loss.”

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