Next of kin found days after woman in Auburn officer shooting dies

Next of kin found days after woman in Auburn officer shooting dies
Erica Renee Miller (Source: Lee County Coroner)

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Lee County officials identified the woman in the Auburn officer-involved shooting Thursday and asked for the public’s help locating her family. By Thursday afternoon, that mission had been accomplished.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris identified the woman as Erica Renee Miller, 36. She was last known to be a resident of Eufaula.

Harris said Miller’s immediate next of kin was found out of state due to news media and social media posts. He said he spoke with the family around 3:15 p.m. and notified them of their relative’s death.

“Out of respect for their privacy, I will not be releasing their names or location,” Harris said. “They were unaware of their daughter’s death.”

Auburn officer Justin Sanders was shot multiple times while conducting a traffic stop involving a robbery suspect Friday night. The suspect, Christopher James Wallace, 38, and Miller, later died during a standoff with law enforcement at an apartment complex.

Police Chief Paul Register confirmed Monday that Wallace killed Miller and then shot himself during the standoff.

Register said Sanders is still at UAB Hospital. He is doing much better but will need additional surgeries down the road. The chief added that Sanders’ training and equipment likely saved his life.

A GoFundMe page has been created to support Sanders, a five-year veteran of the force. The page has raised more than $22,000 in just one day.

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