Fallen West Des Moines Officer Remembered as a ‘great guy, a great officer’

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Officer Shawn Miller is being remembered as a "great guy, a great officer" by his fellow officers.

The 26-year veteran of the West Des Moines Police Department was killed Wednesday in an accident in Dallas County.

"He was one the strongest leaders in the department," West Des Moines Police Chief Shaun LaDue told Channel 13 News. "He not only served our community, (he) treated our people in this community with professionalism and the respect they deserved."

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Miller joined the West Des Moines Police Department as a reserve police officer in 1990. In 1995, he joined the force full-time as a patrol officer. During his time with the force, he served as a field officer trainer and is credited with training many of the department's officers. He was scheduled to be promoted to the rank of sergeant on Aug. 29.

Chief LaDue said that Miller was a mentor to other officers on the force.

"He felt his mission was to serve them, and teach them, and share with them his knowledge from his life experience," LaDue said. "He was there to serve people and looked at that as his mission."

West Des Police Sergeant Jason Bryan had known Miller for decades, attending high school and police academy together.

"He was not just an officer that came to work and did his eight hours and went home, he was heavily involved in the department," Sgt. Bryan said. "He was a great guy, a great officer . . . everyone here in the department has been touched by Shawn."

Miller is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their three children.

He was 47 years old.