Dec 16, 2013 10:12 PM by MTN News - Great Falls
UPDATE: 3 p.m.
16th December, 2013
A press release from the Division of Criminal Investigation of the Montana Department of Justice states that Miller died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
DCI agents are conducting interviews, reviewing in-car police video, and reconstructing the events that led to the end of the chase and death of Miller.
A press release from DCI says that Miller was a suspect in a rape.
GREAT FALLS - The man who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase in Great Falls and into the county on Saturday has been identified as Timothy Arnold Miller.
Lewis & Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson released the name on Monday morning; even though the incident occurred in Cascade County, Nelson has been called in to handle the coroner duties.
Miller, 49 years old, was being investigated in connection with a rape case, and on Sunday, police officers surrounded the Heidelberg Bar on Division Road at about noon, where Miller was reportedly sitting in a black pick-up truck in the parking lot.
An employee at the bar tells us that they were informed to go into "lockdown" and not let anyone in or out as officers kept an eye on the suspect in the parking lot. The lockdown was reportedly not lifted until about 3 p.m.
Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says that just after 2 p.m., officers attempted to apprehend Miller, but he drove away out of Great Falls north onto I-15. About 30 minutes into the chase, the tires on his truck were disabled with spike strips and the truck came to a stop in the median near the Gordon Road exit just north of Vaughn.
Sheriff Edwards said that Miller died at the scene; it is not yet known if Miller shot himself, or was shot by an officer.
No law enforcement officers were hurt.
We will keep you updated as we learn more.