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since June 19, 2001


The death of Derrick K. Miller Sr. On Court-House Steps!

Man kills himself on courthouse steps

Man kills himself on courthouse steps


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 courthouse.

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)

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