The couple who walked into a Las Vegas restaurant and killed two police officers on Sunday then draped one body with a “don’t tread on me” flag and swastika before pinning a menacing note on the other body, authorities said Monday.
Moments later, Jerad Miller, 31, and his wife Amanda Miller, 22, fatally shot another man in a nearby Walmart before officers cornered them, Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said at a press briefing. Amanda Miller then shot her husband and herself, he said.
McMahill said the restaurant shootings were captured on video.
“No doubt the suspects had some kind of ideology along the lines of militia and white supremacists,” McMahill said. “They believe law enforcement is the oppressor.”
The horror began unfolding at about 11:22 a.m. Sunday at CiCi’s restaurant, where the officers were having lunch. McMahill said the Millers came in and Jerad Miller walked past the officers’ booth, turned and pulled out a handgun, shooting Officer Igor Soldo, 31, in the head. The couple then shot Officer Alyn Beck, 41, multiple times, McMahill said.
The officers’ bodies were dragged onto the ground, and McMahill said the flag and swastika were draped on Beck’s body. A note saying that the attack was the beginning of a revolution was pinned on Soldo, McMahill said.
“All of Nevada mourns the tragic loss of our neighbors, our friends, and in the case of Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, our protectors,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said in Washington.
He noted Beck was related to one of his staff and called for universal background checks for gun purchases as “a good start” on action to “prevent deranged individuals from carrying out such savage acts of violence.”
After shooting the officers, the couple retreated to a nearby Walmart, fired a shot and warned everyone to get out. McMahill said Joseph Wilcox, 31, was in the store and was carrying a concealed weapon. Wilcox walked past Amanda Miller and confronted her husband. Amanda Miller then fatally shot Wilcox, McMahill said.
Police rushed to scene, and after a shootout the couple was trapped in a corner of the store, McMahill said. While officers were awaiting a SWAT team, Amanda Miller fatally shot her husband, then herself.
Hours later, police cordoned off the Oak Tree Apartments, and some residents told the Las Vegas Sun the pair lived there — and had bragged of plans to commit a mass shooting.
SOURCE: John Bacon and William M. Welch