Durall Jessie Miller
via Miami-Dade Police Department
Last Friday, a Miami-Dade police officer was lucky to be alive after Durall Jessie Miller fired at him, leaving him with a wounded foot and a bullet-hole in his hat. Late last night, when police tracked the fugitive down to a Miami Gardens house, Miller wasn't so lucky.
Police shot and killed the 24-year-old on the front lawn after cops say he threatened to shoot again.
Around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Miller was the passenger in a white van police pulled over near SW 153th St. and 130th Ave. after responding to a domestic violence call.
Grainy surveillance video released to WSVN shows Miller blasting rounds at the officers as soon as they get out of their unmarked cruiser. The bullets ricochet off the pavement, hitting one officer in the foot -- and nearly causing a lot more damage.
"One of those detectives actually had a bullet go through a hat he was wearing," MDPD's Det. Roy Rutland tells the station. "It actually has a bullet hole in it."
Miller escaped on foot while the officers called for backup. He was on the lam all weekend but late last night police found him hiding in a Miami Gardens home, The Miami Herald reports.
After a standoff with officers, where they say Miller again threatened to shoot, the suspect ended up dead on the lawn.
Miller had a hell of a criminal record, according to Riptide's records search. His past charges include aggravated battery, grand theft auto, a half dozen different counts of burglary and trespassing, cocaine possession, obstructing justice and second-degree murder.
At least two of those cases led to felony convictions: for cocaine possession in 2006 and grand theft auto last June.
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