Cop Accused of Killing Police Chief in Hotel Room Brawl

They were in Florida for a law enforcement conference
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 11, 2019 4:30 PM CST
Cop, His Chief Went to Police Conference. One Ended Up Dead
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A small-town Oklahoma policeman was charged with killing his chief after what authorities described as an alcohol-fueled brawl in a Florida Panhandle hotel room, the AP reports. The two men had been staying at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach over the weekend for a law enforcement conference, said Escambia County Sheriff's spokeswoman Amber Southard. At some point early Sunday evening, hotel security was called because the two men were being disruptive, Southard said. Then, later that evening, hotel staff called the sheriff's department because the men were fighting. "An actual physical altercation," she said. When deputies arrived, they found Chief Lucky Miller dead, she said, and there was no weapon. She added that alcohol was involved and that an autopsy is underway.

Michael Patrick Nealey, 49, was arrested Monday morning and charged with killing Miller, according to records. Miller was the police chief in Mannford, Oklahoma, a small town about 20 miles west of Tulsa. It has a population of about 3,200. Nealey was being held without bond at the Escambia County Jail. He's charged with homicide. No additional details were immediately available. Miller, 44, had been police chief since 2007. He and his wife had three children. "We are heartbroken by the news," Mayor Tyler Buttram said in the statement. "Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward." The town administrator has appointed another officer as interim police chief. The conference was to be held Monday to Wednesday at the hotel, but it's unclear if it is still scheduled. (More Florida stories.)

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