Trooper Joshua Miller hailed as hero

Trooper Joshua Miller hailed as hero

There are 65 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jun 9, 2009, titled Trooper Joshua Miller hailed as hero. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Daniel Autenrieth was supposed to deliver his three children to his estranged wife Sunday night, a simple ''curbside'' custody drop-off. Except Autenrieth, 31, of Palmer Township was angry and, against court order, was carrying a 9 mm handgun.

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RIP

Harrisburg, PA

#1 Jun 9, 2009
RIP
Mars Bonfire

United States

#2 Jun 9, 2009
"EIGHT BULLETS POLICE PUMPED INTO HIM". What kind of reporting is this? This is not some kind of video game review. This was the worst case scenario for all of the involved families and should be treated as such with respect.
Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Jun 9, 2009
The MC does not know about respect, only money profit.
nelly

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Jun 9, 2009
Appreciate the heroicm, the 6 mile backup on I78 was a little uncalled for with a helicopter escort. Its getting a little out of hand.
Robert

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Jun 9, 2009
Regardless of the quality of the reporting, this is a tragedy. That man needed help long before things got this way. I'm sorry for him, his family, and I'm especially sorry for Trooper Miller and his family. My heart goes out to them.
shut up

Chestnut Hill, MA

#8 Jun 9, 2009
nelly wrote:
Appreciate the heroicm, the 6 mile backup on I78 was a little uncalled for with a helicopter escort. Its getting a little out of hand.
its called honering someone who deserves it so put on your big girl panties and deal with it.rip trooper miller
Professor Chaos

United States

#9 Jun 9, 2009
Honest Question:
Where do the police draw the line when trying to stop a fleeing suspect?

The news report I heard stated that the police rammed their cars into the suspect in order to stop him. His boy was with him in that car.

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Mac resident

Allentown, PA

#11 Jun 9, 2009
Here we go. The ***holes will now come out from under their rocks to spew their nonsense.
Suzy

Allentown, PA

#13 Jun 9, 2009
Professor Chaos wrote:
Honest Question:
Where do the police draw the line when trying to stop a fleeing suspect?
The news report I heard stated that the police rammed their cars into the suspect in order to stop him. His boy was with him in that car.
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It's called the PIT maneuver, it causes the car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop. It's the safest way to make sure the boy wouldn't be injured and to get that nutcase under control without him injuring anyone else. Which unfortunately, he did anyway.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#15 Jun 9, 2009
HMMMMMMMMMMMM wrote:
The police do not draw the line with anything they do, they are there to serve and protect and they do neither. All that power goes to their head and I can tell you which one. They actually try to find things to arrest people on no joke.
Well maybe if people would stop doing things that weren't legal the police wouldn't have reasons to arrest anyone? Just a thought. Not saying all police officers are perfect, not by any means and we all DO have a right to our own opinions. However, I'm almost willing to bet that if you or anyone you love get into trouble, you'll be on the phone calling those horrible police who go around "trying to find things to arrest people on."
David-1206

Atlanta, GA

#17 Jun 9, 2009
My condolences to the family of this Trooper who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect the lives of the citizens he served.
Concerned Parent

Easton, PA

#18 Jun 9, 2009
DeJesus wrote:
Now they should press charges against the lady also or at least try to find something to show her to stop bringing children in this world because she doesnt know how to maintain the marriage together
You and that "Hmmmmm" guy are both idiots. Why would you take the time to write something so negative when a tragedy like this happened. The trooper's family will never be the same and man who risked his life to safe a little boy is gone.

How could you possibly say such a ridiculous thing?
wow

Bethlehem, PA

#19 Jun 9, 2009
DeJesus wrote:
Now they should press charges against the lady also or at least try to find something to show her to stop bringing children in this world because she doesnt know how to maintain the marriage together
So, in other words, she should have stayed with someone even though he started using drugs? Then you would be complaining that this "lady" should have left her drug-addicted husband to protect the children. Yeah, you're smart.
PaSucks

United States

#20 Jun 9, 2009
nelly wrote:
Appreciate the heroicm, the 6 mile backup on I78 was a little uncalled for with a helicopter escort. Its getting a little out of hand.
Stop whining. At least your alive so you could be inconvenienced for a short time. Trooper Miller's family are not as fortunate.

It's called respect. Look it up sometime.
Another Brother

Bath, PA

#21 Jun 9, 2009
Professor Chaos wrote:
Honest Question:
Where do the police draw the line when trying to stop a fleeing suspect?
The news report I heard stated that the police rammed their cars into the suspect in order to stop him. His boy was with him in that car.
"?"
There are never black and white areas in police work. In fact, the majority of senarios are gray areas. One can't question where do police draw the line because with every situation, it is different. A Police Officer is charged with making split second decisions and often resorts back to training and experience.

The police didn't "ram" the suspect's vehicle, they utilized a "PIT" maneuver which stands for Precision Immobilization Technique. It's a method that causes the pursued vehicle's rear wheels to lose traction with the roadway. As a result, the vehicle turns sideways to the direction of travel and loses control and eventually comes to a stop.

My prayers and condolences for Trooper Miller and his family. Rest in peace brother! I wish Trooper Lombardo a speedy recovery and my prayers are also with you!
Lawabider

United States

#22 Jun 9, 2009
This so-called father is 100% responsible for the death of this trooper. My condolences to his family. If the "father" truly cared for his son he would NOT have stolen his son at GUNPOINT, he would have stopped his vehicle before a chase ensued and given up peacefully. Instead HE put his child in danger and HE robbed a family of a father, the troopers family. The police put their lives on the line and paid the ultimate sacrafice to serve and protect. I pray for the 9 yr old boy and the trooper & his family. What a shame. And shame on you who put blame on anyone other than the person responsible for this tragedy, the "so-called father".
Absolutely Allentown

Lansdale, PA

#23 Jun 9, 2009
Professor Chaos wrote:
Honest Question:
Where do the police draw the line when trying to stop a fleeing suspect?
The news report I heard stated that the police rammed their cars into the suspect in order to stop him. His boy was with him in that car.
"?"
That's an honest question.

Police have procedures that tell them what they can and cannot do.

A report of "an armed and dangerous man driving erratically" would likely not be a case where the police would end the pursuit and "catch up to him later".

In any of the recent cases the perpetrator was dangerous enough to stop using lethal force.

Given the evidence of how the driver responded when pursued by the police, ramming his car was justified. He didn't give any intention of giving up peacefully.

Unfortunately bad things often end up bad.

God Bless Tpr. Miller and your family.
Gordon Able

Emmaus, PA

#24 Jun 9, 2009
What a shame that this had to happen.
Way to go Dad. But too bad you took a good man down with you and injured another, plus caused PTSD for your child for the rest of his life. I just hope he breaks this cycle and manages to grow up to be a good man.
Suicide by Cop is a terrible thing for so many, Coward. God Bless the Trooper's family as well as the remaining members of this idiots family.
Very Sad

Absecon, NJ

#25 Jun 9, 2009
DeJesus wrote:
Now they should press charges against the lady also or at least try to find something to show her to stop bringing children in this world because she doesnt know how to maintain the marriage together
You must be kidding me....blaming this on the wife. This guy seemed like a whack job. And the courts are to blame also, because they don't see the ugly side of people and basically refuse to see it and now look what happened. And this poor boy had to witness this. Also, why should the wife have to maintain the marriage if she's being abused, she had every right to want out for her and her children!!!
Kathy

Emmaus, PA

#26 Jun 9, 2009
Bethlehem wrote:
The MC does not know about respect, only money profit.
So it was 8 bullets. He knew it would happen. Cowards go got he suicide by Cop all the time. Too bad he had his Son invovlved. And killed and injured a Trooper. How sad.

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