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Thomas “the shithead” Miller

The off-duty Ceres police officer who shot and killed the husband of the woman he was with in a park at night has been relieved of his duties.

Ceres Chief Brent Smith confirmed Thomas Miller was released from probation at 3 p.m. Friday, but he would not say whether the decision was related to the March 28 shooting at Beyer Park.

Miller and Rosio Moland were together in the park about 10:20 p.m. when they were confronted by Jason Moland.

Miller shot Jason Moland seconds after he confronted the two and pointed what was later determined to be a BB gun at Miller.

While the events leading up to the shooting remain under investigation, detectives believe the confrontation ensued as a result of Moland’s suspicions that his wife was having an affair.

Miller was hired as a reserve for the Ceres Police Department in February 2014 and hired full time two months later. He was less than a month shy of completing his 12-month probation period when the shooting occurred.

Miller never returned to work after the shooting, remaining on paid administrative leave until he was let go Friday.

He refused to give a statement to Modesto police but was compelled to do so for the Ceres Police Department’s internal affairs investigation.

Smith said the Ceres investigation is nearly complete, short of a few reports that still need to be transcribed, but more information could be added to the case file upon the conclusion of Modesto’s criminal investigation.

Jason Moland worked for WinCo Foods as a security guard for eight years and aspired to join law enforcement.

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