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Kansas man killed in officer-involved shooting in northern Arizona

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PHOENIX — A Kansas man was killed in a shooting that involved a U.S. Forest Service officer in northern Arizona last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

In a statement released Monday, FBI Special Agent Glenn Milnor said 51-year-old Tyler Miller was the victim in the incident. The shooting occurred on Jan. 5 on State Route 89A in Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona.

Milnor said an unidentified Forest Service officer “stopped to render assistance” to a car accident when an “altercation” occurred between Miller and the officer.

“It was later determined the officer was injured and treated on the scene by EMS personnel. Miller was shot and transferred to a medical center and later declared deceased,” the statement read.

But attorney Matt Bretz said in a Sunday release that Miller had been traveling to a spiritual retreat and apparently lost control of his pickup truck while driving on a curving mountain road in the Coconino National Forest.

Bretz said the vehicle hit a large rock and Miller was shot after he got out. The lawyer indicated that the FBI had said Miller was not armed.

The FBI is investigating the incident as an officer-involved shooting and assault on a federal officer. Milnor said no further information will be released at this time, citing the ongoing investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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