(LAS VEGAS) — The couple who ambushed two Las Vegas cops and killed a civilian in a nearby Walmart store were a husband and wife team who may have been involved in right wing anti-government groups, police said on Monday.
Police also said the civilian, who was killed, was carrying a concealed gun and moved to confront the man who opened fire in a Walmart store, but he walked past the gunman’s wife unaware that she was also involved and she shot him.
The police released fresh details on Monday of the Las Vegas shooting carried out Sunday by the husband and wife team identified as Jared Miller, 31, and Amanda Miller, 22. Both suspects were believed to have been wounded by police gunfire before Amanda Miller shot her husband several times and then killed herself in a suicide pact, police said.
Las Vegas police are also trying to verify statements made on the couple’s Facebook page that they were involved in right wing anti-government movements and were at the cattle standoff at the ranch of Cliven Bundy earlier this year, an event that attracted anti-government militants.
The couple was “prepared for a lengthy gun battle,” said Second Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill. He said they were armed with a shotgun and several handguns and backpacks stuffed with ammunition.
In recounting how the shooting spree occurred, McMahill said Jared Miller entered CiCi’s Pizza at 11:22 a.m. and noted Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, sitting in a booth on their lunch break. He left the restaurant and returned moments later with his wife, police said.
“Immediately on passing them, Jared Miller pulled a gun out and shot Soldo in the back of his head,” McMahill said.
Both Millers then opened fire on Beck, killing him. They pulled the officers from the booth, covered them with a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and a swastika, and pinned a note to Soldo “that basically said this is the beginning of the revolution,” McMahill said. The duo stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and headed for the Walmart.
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