Another Death in West End

May 1st, 2006
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[private] On April 3, after a confrontation with five tourist police officers, a West End elderly man was shot dead in front of his house.

A Roatan municipal cleaning crew designated to clean West End beaches and roads in anticipation of Semana Santa got in an argument with Jimmy Miller, 67, over access to his beachfront property. Around 10:30am, five police officers were called to the scene and the situation escalated further. At one point Miller pulled out his gun, but it is not clear who fired first. According to Roatan DGIC, all five tourist police at the scene fired their weapons. Miller was shot four times and police officer Samuel Palma, 22, was shot in the leg.

According to neighbors and family, Miller was occasionally acting erratically and had difficulty seeing. Miller’s body was transported for an autopsy to San Pedro Sula.

Miller is a third Roatanian, and second West End resident killed in a confrontation with police in the past 10 months. [/private]

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