'Going to kill you': Bikie threatens Gladstone cop with gun, turns on himself
UNARMED and staring down the barrel of a gun, Constable Chris 'CJ' Findlay thought his time was up.
He had been out on the water at 1770 with another police officer, Senior Constable Jaella Christensen, conducting patrols when they noticed an anchored yacht without any registration details.
But Michael James Miller was living on board the yacht and he was a Rebels bikie member who had been on the run for two years.
He also had a sawn off double barrelled shotgun, a Tokarev pistol and about 250 rounds of ammunition on board.
In 2003, Miller, 51, was charged with two other members of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang with trafficking the dangerous drug methyl amphetamine and when he failed to appear in court in 2006 a warrant for his arrest was issued.
But fast forward to May 25, 2008 at 1.35pm Cnst Findlay and Snr Cnst Christensen approached the boat to enquire about the missing registration details.
The officers called out to Miller and when asked for his details he gave them a fake name.
Miller was told by the officers he would receive an infringement notice for not having a registered yacht and shortly after the officers putted away in a 3m long police rubber dinghy.
But when the fake name didn't check out the officers returned to the yacht and spoke to Miller, telling him he had a problem.
At this point Miller, holding a gun, emerged from the cabin into the cockpit and said that in fact "they all have problems", according to a coronial inquest into Miller's death.
Neither officer was wearing a holstered gun.
Cnst Findlay told the State Coroner he recalled Miller saying "I'm going to kill you or I'm going to kill us".
The officers attempted to calm Miller down by making it clear they were unarmed and were seeking nothing more than to establish his identity.
But Cnst Findlay said when he was faced with the gun he felt his "time was up".
"Your training goes out the window when you're looking down the barrel of the gun," he said.
Cnst Findlay said Miller "had the drop" on both officers and was leaning over the yacht "right in our faces".
"(Miller) then raised the pistol to the left side of his head and fired a single shot splattering the officers in blood and gore," the coronial inquest found.
Miller committed suicide and his body and the gun fell into the water.
Constable Findlay commented in evidence that as he stared up at the larger, older, tattooed man pointing a gun at him and threatening to kill him, he had "passed panic" and was expecting his own death which "had a calming effect".
On Tuesday Cnst Findlay received the Queensland Police Bravery Medal from Capricornia Superintendent Ron Van Saane at Gladstone police station for his actions on that day.
"It felt good to get recognised," Cnst Findlay said of receiving the award.