FBI Confirms Motorist Fatally Shot By Forest Service Officer Was Unarmed

The FBI confirmed that a Hutchinson, Kansas, man who was fatally shot by a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer while traveling through Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, AR on Jan. 5 was unarmed.

The Daily Courier reported Tyler Miller, 51-year-old father of 4, was fatally shot while on his way to a spiritual retreat, according to a release from the Hutchinson law firm Bretz & Young, L.L.C.

The release says attorney Matt Bretz has been in contact with the FBI, which is handling the investigation.

“According to the FBI, while driving on a curvy mountain road, Ty 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,” the statement said.

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

The victim is survived by his wife of 28 years, Darcy, and their 4 children.

“The family is not prepared to make a statement at this time, as they continue to reel from the shock of this incredible and unimaginable loss,” the news release stated, according to The Daily Courier.

Bart Graves, Media Specialist for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said many of the details are unavailable because of the FBI investigation.

“Since this is still on-going investigation involving the FBI, I cannot release details of the original crash at this time,” said Graves.