Officer booked on murder charge in death of his own police chief

PENSACOLA, Fla. – An Oklahoma police chief was reportedly killed by an officer in his department Sunday night while the two attended a conference together in Florida.

Lucky Miller, chief of the Mannford Police Department, died Sunday after a “physical altercation” with another Mannford police officer, authorities said. The other officer was identified in local reports as Michael Nealey.

Online records from the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola, Fla., show Nealey, 49, was booked Monday morning on homicide charges, according to WKRG.

Investigators said the two men got into a fight at the Hilton Inn on Pensacola Beach. Miller died as a result of his injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

The 2019 Southeast Public Safety Conference is being held at the hotel this week.

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Michael Nealey is seen in 2017 leading a training class on Oklahoma sex offender laws. (Courtesy: KOTV)

Miller, 44, had been the Mannford Police Chief since 2007. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a news release. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”

Fox News has reached out to the Mannford Police Department and Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for further information.

Mannford is located off the Cimarron Turnpike just 20 miles from downtown Tulsa, according to the city website. It provides small town living with the conveniences of a major metropolitan just minutes away. Perhaps the most valuable asset to residents and visitors of Mannford is the beautiful Lake Keystone. A 26,000 acre lake with a reputation for world class fishing. Lake Keystone is a magnificent destination for swimming, boating, skiing, camping, hiking and RVing, according to the city.


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