On the evening of October 31, 2007, Officer Darin Miller was dispatched, along with other officers, to the Rite Aid store at 1125 Alhambra Boulevard. Initially, the incident was described as a robbery in progress. However, while the officers were still enroute, updates were given stating that the suspect was still on scene and had stabbed one store employee. A subsequent update stated that the suspect had also taken a store employee hostage.
When Officer Miller arrived, he was directed by store personnel to the pharmacy, located in the far corner of the store. As Officer Miller approached the pharmacy area, he encountered a chaotic scene. He observed one victim, the pharmacist, bleeding from his head immediately outside the pharmacy. Officer Miller looked into the pharmacy and observed the suspect holding one of his arms around the neck of a store employee and a large knife with his other hand. The suspect had the end of the knife pushed into the victim's neck with such force that the officers could not see the tip of the knife.
Officer Miller entered the tight quarters of the pharmacy and moved within eight feet of the suspect who was trying to use the victim as his shield. Officer Miller gave commands for the suspect to drop his weapon, but the suspect gave no response. Knowing that the victim's life was in imminent danger, Officer Miller waited until the suspect moved his head slightly to the side, allowing a clear sight picture of the suspect. Without hesitation, Officer Miller fired a single round at the suspect, striking him in the face. The suspect fell to the ground, allowing the victim to escape without further injury.