Repeat Offender chosen for Special Monitoring Fatally Shot During Home Burglary of Off-Duty Police Officer
Baltimore police identified 20-year-old Darius Miller Jr. as the armed burglary suspect fatally shot by an off-duty police officer in the officer’s home on Monday. Miller, who has a long criminal record, previously had been flagged as one of “the state’s most dangerous supervisees” by state Parole and Probation officials, and was due in court two days after his death for violating probation in connection with past crimes, according to officials and court records. Police said Miller, of the 2000 block of Paulette Road in Dundalk, entered the home of the officer with a gun and demanded money from the officer. According to police, the officer then wrestled Miller’s gun from him and shot him with it. The officer in this instance was alone and sleeping in his home in the 4400 block of Furley Ave., in the Frankford neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore, when Miller entered.
Miller’s criminal record includes convictions for armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and car theft, but has repeatedly avoided significant prison time. That is despite repeatedly violating his probation since being identified in 2015 as one of “the state’s most dangerous supervisees,” according to Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections officials and court records. Miller pleaded guilty to armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in April 2015, according to court records, and received a seven-year prison sentence from Circuit Judge Michael DiPietro, but with six years and five months of that suspended, and with time already served since his arrest counting against the remainder.
He also received three years of probation and it was around that time that Miller was selected for special monitoring under the “Violence Prevention Initiative” in the corrections department’s Parole and Probation division, said Gary Shields, a department spokesman.
Since then, Miller was repeatedly arrested, including for car theft and burglary, but he always avoided serving the balance of his suspended sentence, according to court records.
California cannot afford to make the same mistakes that other states have made, and that some are still making, by being too lenient with repeat offenders and just releasing them during pretrial without making them accountable for their actions.