Cops: Dad Kills Daughter, 3, After Shootout, Chase
Frederick Roy Miller also shot girl's grandfather, great-grandmother
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Aug 18, 2014 9:40 AM CDT
Prince George's County police said a man killed in a shootout with police stabbed and shot his own daughter after taking her from a home. Police said Frederick Roy Miller, 38, of Landover,...   (BreakingNews!)

(Newser) – Frederick Roy Miller had been fighting for custody of 3-year-old daughter Laila since she was six months old. But the Maryland state medical examiner says he stabbed and shot the girl at some point during a police chase and gun battle with officers in Maryland on Saturday, the Washington Post reports. Police gave chase after finding Laila's grandfather and great-grandmother shot, allegedly at Miller's hand (they are now in critical condition) in a residence, WJLA reports. Miller, 38, allegedly took off from the home in a Nissan with Laila as a passenger. Police say Miller stopped twice to exchange shots before he was killed. Police then found Laila in the car with injuries to her upper body; she later died.

The girl's mother was later found unharmed. Neighbors say she and Miller had been fighting over their daughter since 2011; the mother had custody and Miller was given visitation rights that were then demoted to supervised visits, the Post reports. Relatives suggest a financial disagreement over child support and disability payments may have triggered Saturday's incident, but at least one neighbor doesn't believe Miller—a disabled and unemployed Marine veteran—could have harmed his daughter. Six officers involved in the shootout are now on administrative leave, NBC reports.

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watashiwa
Aug 19, 2014 8:02 AM CDT
Diversity makes us stronger!!!
FrankFurter
Aug 19, 2014 1:35 AM CDT
It's easy to be glibb. Maybey we, as a country, should grow up. We can't rely on our poloticians, democrat or republican.
cstack
Aug 19, 2014 12:18 AM CDT
naw he wasn't black he was armed and no tanks were called in , but father's visitation rights need to be scrutinized and amended