Man kills himself on courthouse steps
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
January 8, 2002
A 43-year-old Paradise Hills man, reportedly depressed about a court ruling on overdue
child support, fatally shot himself early yesterday on the steps of the downtown San Diego
The man was identified as Derrick K. Miller Sr., of Alta View
Drive, a spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner's Office said.
Witnesses told police that Miller, carrying court documents, walked up to a security
guard at the entrance to the courthouse at 220 W. Broadway and began raving.
"You did this to me," he told the guard about 6:25 a.m., apparently referring
to court officials, the Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman said.
Then, Miller pulled out a handgun and fired one shot into his head. The blast killed
him instantly, the spokeswoman said.
Miller apparently was depressed about a ruling on
child support from a previous
relationship, said San Diego Police spokesman Bill Robinson.
Copyright 2002 Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
See also Glenn Sack's commentary: Distraught Father's
Courthouse Suicide Highlights America's Male Suicide Epidemic
(San Diego Union-Tribune, 2002 01 11)