An Oklahoma police officer was arrested Monday morning and charged with murdering his police chief at a hotel in Florida. According to officials, deputies responded to a report of a physical altercation at the hotel and discovered the police chief dead upon their arrival.
Around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening, deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) responded to a call concerning a physical confrontation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola Beach where Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller and Mannford Police Officer Michael Patrick Nealey were staying in the same hotel room. Miller and Nealey were reportedly visiting Florida for a law enforcement conference.
In a statement posted on Monday, the City of Mannford wrote, “With sadness we report the death of Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller who died November 10, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. Details of the incident are not fully known at this time.”
“Miller, 44, has been Mannford Police Chief since 2007. He is survived by his wife, Amber, and three children.”
“We are heartbroken by the news,” stated Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”
“We were told they came here together and were in town for a conference,” ECSO spokeswoman Sgt. Melony Peterson told the Pensacola News Journal on Monday. “But we don’t know yet which conference they were going to. We’re still figuring that out.”
Nealey has been described as Miller’s second-in-command. According to jail records, he was arrested and charged with homicide and depraved murder without premeditation after deputies discovered Miller’s deceased body at the hotel. He was held without bond at the Escambia County Jail.