Attorney: Kansas man in officer-involved shooting was in Sedona for retreat

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(Source: Bretz & Young, L.L.C.) (Source: Bretz & Young, L.L.C.)

The family attorney of a Kansas man involved in Friday's officer-involved shooting on Highway 89A is speaking out for the first time as questions remain over the shooting. 

Matt Bretz, a family lawyer for Tyler Miller, says the 51-year-old Hutchinson, KA native was heading to a spiritual retreat in Sedona when the incident happened.  

“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," Bretz said in a statement.

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The FBI said on Monday that a Forest Service officer stopped to help. An altercation between the officer and Miller then occurred, the FBI said. 

Miller was shot and taken to the hospital where he later died. The officer was hurt and was treated on the scene by emergency crews, the FBI said.

"The FBI has stated that Ty was not armed," Bretz said in a statement. "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." 

According to Bretz, Miller's 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."

Bretz said that Miller was a much-loved husband and father and an important part of the Hutchinson, Kansas community.

"He and his smile will be deeply missed."

The FBI said it is investigating.

Miller leaves behind his high-school sweetheart and wife of 28 years, Darcy, and their four sons.

Multiple agencies are investigating this case.

[Facebook: Statement from Matt Bretz, a family lawyer for Tyler Miller]

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