Lexington, KY – The brother of a gunman who was fatally shot after opening fire on Lexington police has spoken out in defense of the officers involved in the incident.
Matt Miller, who resides in North Carolina, said his 43-year-old brother, Frederick “Clint” Clinton Miller, had become more distant in recent years, WDKY reported.
Matt Miller said Clint Miller has struggled with mental health issues for a long time and that he was ultimately the one who put police in a potentially deadly situation on March 28.
Clint Miller, who was dealing with depression and a recent job loss, flew into a rage that night after arguing with his longtime girlfriend, his brother told WDKY.
He allegedly destroyed multiple items inside their house on Gay Place and then began firing a gun at his classic vehicle parked out in the driveway.
Lexington police responded to the 600-block of Gay Place shortly before 9 p.m. after receiving a report of a suicidal male who was armed, WTVQ reported.
When they arrived at the scene, Clint Miller came outside carrying a handgun and a rifle and ignored the officers’ repeated commands to drop his weapons, according to police.
He then allegedly opened fire on the officers, who returned fire, WTVQ reported.
Emergency medical personnel attempted to resuscitate the wounded suspect, but he died at the scene.
None of the five officers involved in the incident were injured, WTVQ reported.
They have all been placed on administrative assignment while the investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting continues, as per protocol.
Matt Miller said his brother put police in a horrible position and that it has been difficult witnessing people accosting the officers on social media, WDKY reported.
“The bashings of the police and the people not knowing the whole story is just unbelievable. Like this is people’s go-to nowadays, ‘let’s just bash the police,’” he said. “‘We don’t know the whole story, we don’t know what’s going on, the police were there, and there was a shooting, let’s blame them.’”
“It’s not right,” Matt Miller continued. “That’s not how I want this to be seen. I want it to be seen for what it is: the cops did their job and protected the community. My brother made a selfish decision and attempted to injure people for absolutely no reason.”
The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident, WTVQ reported.
The Lexington Police Department (LPD) is also conducting an internal investigation.