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Family Of Suspected Shooter Apologizes

The family of a former police officer, suspected of killing a Kentucky man on a Texas highway, is speaking out.

The family of former Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Smith expressed sympathy to the families Smith is suspected of shooting, stating the man who could have done this isn't the person they knew.

The shooting in Dallas earlier this week left two people dead and another injured.

Scott Miller of Frankfort was one of the people killed while driving his 18-wheeler. He was about to park his truck and fly home to the bluegrass for Christmas.

Former Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Smith is the main suspect for the shootings.

His family issued this statement apologizing to the victims families:

"The recent events involving Brian have been devastating for our family. It's hard to imagine that the Brian we knew could have been involved in such acts."

Police believe Smith robbed a pharmacy then began shooting motorists on the freeway Monday. When police found Smith, he held them at bay, but the standoff ended when Smith shot himself.

Smith died on Christmas Eve after being taken off life support.

His family says, "Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost a loved one in the incidents that may be related. Brian was a loving and dedicated son, husband, father and friend. He will be missed."

Detectives are still investigating the shooting, but police say Smith is the main suspect in both shootings.

Scott Miller's family says this has been an especially difficult holiday. He died about a week away from his birthday, but Miller's mother says she is now trying to forgive the man who killed her son.

Miller's family says his body will be back in Kentucky Friday evening. His visitation is scheduled for Sunday and his funeral will be held on Monday at Spurlin Funeral Home in Lancaster .


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