Vegas shooters believed law enforcement the ‘oppressor’

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The pair who fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers and one civilian before taking their own lives Sunday have “some apparent ideology that is along the lines of militia and white supremacists,” according to authorities.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said at a press conference Monday that one of the suspects, 31-year-old Jerad Miller, left a swastika and a Gadsden flag — which features a coiled snake with the words “Don’t Tread on Me” — on top of the body of Officer Alyn Beck, 41.

Jerad Miller also laid a note on the body of officer Igor Soldo, 31, that said “this is the beginning of the revolution,” McMahill said. Both officers were gunned down inside Cici’s Pizza Sunday during their lunch break.

Authorities say Miller and his wife, Amanda, 22, acted alone in the shootings and they are not seeking additional suspects. McMahill added that officers are still looking for a motive and the couple believed that law enforcement was the “oppressor.”

The couple had visited Cliven Bundy’s ranch during an armed standoff earlier this year with federal authorities about a land dispute, Bundy’s son said Monday. Ammon Bundy told The Associated Press that they were asked to leave his father’s ranch after being there for a few days this spring.

He said that while details were still sketchy, the Millers’ conduct was the problem. He called the couple “very radical” and said they did not “align themselves” with the protest’s main issues.

Neighbor Krista Koch described the couple as “militant,” saying they talked about planning to kill police officers, as well as “going underground” and not coming out until the time was right.

Another neighbor, Brandon Monroe, said the man who lived in the apartment often talked about conspiracy theories and often dressed in camouflage or as Peter Pan to work as a street performer. Monroe added that he thought the couple used methamphetamine.

Jerad Miller was convicted of felony vehicle theft in Washington state, police said. He also had a criminal record in Indiana.

Miller and his wife were married in August 2012, according to a marriage license on file in Indiana.

Police were called to the Cici’s Pizza restaurant, about five miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, at 11:22 a.m. local time Sunday, shortly after the shooting spree began.

According to McMahill, Miller first entered the restaurant and walked around briefly before heading back out to the parking lot to meet his wife.

The pair then went back into Cici’s Pizza and walked towards the booth where Soldo and Beck were eating.

Jerad Miller pulled out a handgun and put it up to the back of Soldo’s head and blasted him once, killing Soldo instantly, and then shot Beck in the neck, McMahill said.

Beck reacted to the gunfire and was shot multiple times by Amanda Miller, who pulled a handgun out of her purse, McMahill added.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Beck was able to fire back at the suspects. Both officers were later pronounced dead at University Medical Center.

The duo then left the restaurant and walked over to a nearby Walmart, where Jerad Miller fired a shot into the air and told people to get out, shouting that it was “a revolution,” McMahill said.

Bystander Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, who was carrying a concealed weapon inside the store, spotted Jerad Miller and told a friend he would confront him, according to authorities. As he neared Jerad, he was shot in the ribs by Amanda and later died, McMahill said.

Gillespie called the death “completely senseless.”

The couple then exchanged gunfire with officers in the back of the store and killed themselves in an apparent suicide pact, Las Vegas Police spokesman Larry Hadfield said.

McMahill said Amanda fired several rounds into Jerad then took her own life with a single shot to the head.

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