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PMRP Officer Cleared in Shooting Death of Suspect

STROUDSBURG – A Pocono Mountain Regional Police Officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in connection with the shooting death of a man in Coolbaugh Township in early March. An investigation was conducted by the Monroe County District Attorney's Office and the Pennsylvania State Police into the death of Matthew A. Miller, 33, on March 7, 2020. Miller was shot multiple times by officer. Earlier this month, the investigators concluded their work and ruled that the shooting “was a justified use of deadly force under the circumstances.” According to the investigators, the officer had responded to a domestic violence complaint. The caller claimed to have been stabbed several times by Miller, a former boyfriend. The officer was one of several dispatched to the scene where the caller was found to have stab wounds to her shoulder and head area. Miller had reportedly fled after the attack. The officer, an 18 year veteran with the PMRP, was accompanied by a K-9 unit. Searching the area, the officer found fresh tracks in the snow. A short time later his K-9 alerted to something under the porch. There the officer could see Miller crouching under the deck against its foundation, holding a knife. Officer ordered Miller to drop the knife, repeating the command multiple times. Miller then stabbed his own neck, then yelled at Miller, “F*** it, you're dead!” Miller then charged the officer, still holding the knife. The officer fired at Miller, striking him four times. The investigation concluded that Miller’s gunshot wounds were consistent with him charging the officer. After the final round, Miller fell but remained in possession of the knife. Backup arrived, Miller was disarmed, secured, and EMS called for assistance. EMS treated Miller at the scene and transported him to Lehigh Valley Hospital Pocono campus. Miller was subsequently pronounced dead at 2:21 pm. An autopsy was performed detailing the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds. Additionally, Miller's suffered multiple sharp force wounds to the necks, which appear self-inflicted. Blood samples were taken at autopsy and submitted for chemical analysis. Miller was found to have cocaine and marijuana in his system. Miller had a criminal history, including an incident in Luzerne County where he confessed to having set up a different girlfriend to be robbed by cohorts while he was on a date with her. The District Attorney’s office singled out Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Brian Janoski, Monroe County Detective Craig Vanlouvender, Monroe County Coroner Thomas Yanac for their work on the investigation. Authorities have not released the name of the officer.

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