TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (WJLA) - Prince George's County Police said Monday that a Landover man took a selfie photo with his 3-year-old daughter moments before killing her and engaging in exchanges of gunfire with police that led to his own death.
Police said there is no doubt in their minds that 38-year-old Frederick Roy Miller of Landover stabbed and shot the girl, Laila, in his car. Miller would die in the vehicle, too, a short time later in a shootout with officers.
Police began pursuing Miller on Saturday after responding to the scene of a shooting in Camp Springs where the girl's caretakers, her maternal grandfather and great-grandmother, were critically wounded.
During the chase, Miller shot at officers on two occasions before being killed in Temple Hills. The 3-year-old was found dead in his car afterwards by officers.
An autopsy confirmed Laila's cause of death - her throat had been slit and she suffered a bullet to the head from a gun that was fired at very close range. Investigators said they also recovered a bloody knife from the car.
Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw, speaking at a news conference Monday, called the girl's death heart-wrenching.
At another news conference earlier in the day, county State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks joined community leaders in calling for an end to family violence. They noted that 13 of the county's 33 homicides so far this year were domestic in nature.