Written by AARON CASTREJON
COVINA – Sheriff’s deputies helped to end a lengthy barricade June 2 after an armed man refused to give himself up, police said.
Patrick Miller, 60, was wanted on a $100,000 warrant related to a vehicular manslaughter case out of Covina. The fatal DUI crash occurred January 27 at Grand Avenue and Covina Boulevard. Miller spoke with officers and said he refused to surrender, according to the Covina Police Department.
Officers attempted to serve the arrest warrant at 3:19 p.m. June 1 at Miller’s home in the 100 block of North Forestdale Avenue.
Homes near Miller’s residence were evacuated as a precaution, since Miller is known to possess firearms and has been the subject of multiple calls for police presence, Covina Police said.
Officers used “less lethal devices” and “chemical munitions” to get Miller to surrender, but he refused to relent, Covina Police said.
Crisis negotiators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were called to de-escalate the situation.
Miller could be seen in his garage, armed with a knife, handgun and occasionally smoked from a glass pipe. He also ignited fireworks, Covina Police said.
Multiple gunshots could be heard coming from within Miller’s home and police believe Miller directed those gunshots at officers, Covina Police said.
The Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau eventually forced Miller to surrender 16 hours later after deploying additional “chemical munitions,” Covina Police said.
Miller was hospitalized after suffering what officers described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.