A man who was seen urinating in public by a pair of officers on bike patrol, turned out to be a convicted felon, who then led the officers on a foot pursuit. It ended with his arrest for multiple offenses, including possessing a loaded firearm with filed off serial number according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood recalled.

Chitwood said that Officers Anthony Capodanno and Samuel Ziviello were on bike patrol in the area of Shirley Road, in the rear of Shirley Court Apartments, when they saw a male, later identified as Miller, allegedly urinating in public on a building, shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Chitwood on Wednesday night, Bronston Tyree Miller, 37, of the 200 block of Bayard Road of Upper Darby, is being kept at the county prison in lieu of 10 percent of $75,000 bond. He is charged with possession of a firearm prohibited, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a firearm by manufacturer number altered, simple assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and loitering and prowling at night. “But thank God nobody got hurt,” the superintendent said Thursday.

Miller “zipped up his pants” as the officers approached, and when they attempted to talk with him, Miller took off running, Chitwood said. It was while the suspect was running that at one point “put his hands in his pants as if he was grabbing something,” according to Chitwood. Officers instructed the suspect to put his hands in the air when they said they saw was a metal object.

Again the Officers told the suspect to put up his hands again, but Miller then charges at the officers. Miller who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and 245 pounds, Chitwood said Miller proved a formidable opponent, but the officers were persistent. Chitwood said that Miller the “strikes Capodanno with his forearm, knocking the officer to the ground.  When Ziviello tried to take him, there was no way because of this guy’s size and strength,” Chitwood said. The officers tied a new tactic hitting him with a stun gun.


Chitwood said it took two hits from the stun gun to subdue Miller. It was then that the officers found a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun with six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber in the right pocket of Miller’s pants, according to the superintendent. Miller has a criminal history that dates back to 1996 and includes firearms, drugs, terroristic threats, receiving stolen property and assault offenses, both in Upper Darby and Philadelphia, Chitwood said.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 18 before Magisterial District Judge Christopher R. Mattox.