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The Teaparty Terrorists kill two policeman in Las Vegas

 
 
Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 07:27 am
Married white supremacist couple yelled 'this is a revolution' as they shot dead two cops eating pizza and a female bystander, then draped the bodies in 'Don't Tread On Me' flags before suicide pact


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2652306/BREAKING-As-five-people-feared-dead-Las-Vegas-shooting.html

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A husband and wife in their late 20s stormed a North Las Vegas pizzeria on Sunday morning and shot dead two police officers, one in the head

They then ran to a Walmart where they shot a woman dead before taking their own lives in a suicide pact

The killed police officers have been identified as dad-of-three Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, who had a newborn baby

White supremacist paraphernalia including swastikas was found in the young couple's apartment during a raid after the shooting

Neighbors described the pair as methamphetamine users obsessed with conspiracy theories

The couple openly talked about killing police and going underground before emerging 'when the time is right,' said another neighbor

By Ryan Gorman

Published: 16:01 EST, 8 June 2014 | Updated: 07:38 EST, 9 June 2014


A married white supremacist couple gunned down two Las Vegas police officers on Sunday, draped one of their bodies in a revolutionary flag and shot a civilian before killing themselves.

The husband and wife, identified by neighbors as 'Jared' and 'Amanda' and in their late 20s, stormed a Cici's Pizza on the northeastern edge of the gambling mecca just before 11.30am Sunday and killed the cops as they ate lunch.

The shooters then ransacked the dying cops' bodies for ammunition and weapons before covering them with the famous 'Don't Tread On Me' flag from the American Revolutionary war.

The two officers have been identified as Alyn Beck, a 41-year-old father-of-three who had worked at the department for 13 years, and 31-year-old Igor Soldo, who had been on the force since 2006 and had a newborn baby, authorities said.

Neighbors said the couple openly obsessed over conspiracy theories and wanting to murder police officers in the weeks before Sunday's attack.


Dead in the line of duty: Officers Alyn Beck (left) and Igor Soldo (right) were killed Sunday morning by male and female shooters while eating lunch
This flag was draped over the dead officer's body: Known as the Gadsden Flag, this symbol of defiance dating back to the American Revolutionary War was used to cover the slain officer

This flag was draped over the dead officer's body: Known as the Gadsden Flag, this symbol of defiance dating back to the American Revolutionary War was used to cover the slain officer


'They were going to kill as many officers as they can and then do away with themselves,' neighbor Krista Koch told ABC. 'They said they didn't believe in the government, the cops, the feds - anything - and they just wanted to get rid of as many as they can.'

Both police officers were shot in the head at point blank range by the suspects while eating pizza on their lunch break, a witness told KLAS. They were not even on duty.

The duo then reportedly shouted at the horrified diners to 'tell the police the revolution has begun,' as they fled the restaurant for a nearby Walmart and callously bragged to a bystander in the parking lot they had just killed two police officers.

'He just told me to tell the cops that it was a revolution and they had killed two cops across the street at Cici's,' a witness said.

Of the two assailants then shot a woman dead just inside the doorway to the store.

A shootout with SWAT officers then ensued before the female suspect shot her husband and then killed herself, according to police.

'They said they didn't believe in the government, the cops, the feds - anything - and they just wanted to get rid of as many as they can'

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported early Monday morning that the shooters are believed by police to be white supremacists.

Witnesses described the male to the Las Vegas Sun as white, with a scruffy beard and wearing a blue shirt, jeans and a hat. No description was available for the female suspect.

A raid late on Sunday night of the pair's apartment on the outskirts of town uncovered more white supremacist literature, according to the paper.

Krista Koch, a resident of the complex, told the paper the suspected shooter was 'militant' and obsessed with conspiracy theories to the point he often talked about them.

Horror scene: A Metro police officer is shown crying while leaning on a squad car outside the Walmart

Horror scene: A Metro police officer is shown crying while leaning on a squad car outside the Walmart
Commandos: Las Vegas police officers in SWAT gear walk near the scene of the shooting

Commandos: Las Vegas police officers in SWAT gear walk near the scene of the shooting

Cordoned off: An officer maintains the rope line while another patrols the parking lot with an assault rifle

Cordoned off: An officer maintains the rope line while another patrols the parking lot with an assault rifle

Sorrow and relief: Walmart employees hug outside their store after the terrifying shootings and ensuing standoff were brought to an end

Sorrow and relief: Walmart employees hug outside their store after the terrifying shootings and ensuing standoff were brought to an end

Jared claimed to have been booted from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's property at the end of the standoff there earlier this year, Monroe added.

The couple openly ranted about killing police officers, 'going underground' and not emerging 'until the time was right, she added.

Another resident, Brandon Monroe, told the paper the suspected shooter often wore army fatigues and dressed as Peter Pan to earn money entertaining and taking pictures with children at the Fremont Street Experience, a downtown tourist destination.

He identified the pair as Jared and Amanda, but did not know their last names.

'They were weird people,' Monroe said, adding that he believes the couple used methamphetamines.

Carol Bundy, the rancher's wife, insisted the shooting was not related to the now-infamous standoff in comments to the paper.

'I have not seen or heard anything from the militia and others who have came to our ranch that would, in any way, make me think they had an intent to kill or harm anyone,' she said.

Gillespie was unable to confirm the 'revolution' comments during an afternoon press conference despite Deputy Sheriff Kevin McMahill reporting it as fact earlier in the day, but said squad cars have doubled up from the normal single person patrols to now include two people per cruiser.

'It’s a very, very difficult day… it is truly a tragic day,' Gillespie lamented in prepared remarks.

For added safety, officers who normally work alone will be paired up with another officer for the time being, Gillespie said.

'He just told me to tell the cops that it was a revolution and they had killed two cops'

Sharee Burns told the Sun she was sitting directly behind the officers in the Cici's. She said the male gunman shot Soldo in the head at point blank range and then hovered over him before taking his firearm. He died instantly.

Beck was then shot in the head by the woman, Burns added, but he lived long enough to fire back at the shooters, possibly injuring one of them.

The shooters then covered the officer who died at the scene in the flag, a historical symbol of defiance in the wake of what is viewed as an oppressive government, before darting out.

'I saw it all,' she said while crying into a friends arms.

The officer identified by witnesses as Beck was soon rushed to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead while in emergency surgery.

Press conference: Sheriff Doug Gillespie confirmed the names of both officers killed during an afternoon press conference, and called Sunday 'a truly tragic day'

Press conference: Sheriff Doug Gillespie confirmed the names of both officers killed during an afternoon press conference, and called Sunday 'a truly tragic day'

Grim task: Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie takes questions during a Sunday afternoon news conference

Grim task: Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie takes questions during a Sunday afternoon news conference

Both were patrolmen, and Beck also taught advanced skills the police academy, according to the Review-Journal.

Both officers had families that woke up this morning with a father and a husband but will now go to sleep widowed and fatherless.

'They’re both family men, and they’re leaving behind loved ones,' said Gillespie. '[The families] are devastated, in a moment’s notice they lost their loved one.'

Soldo was described as a good father and a 'great guy' by his sister-in-law, Colleen Soldo of Beatrice, Nebraska. She said he attended high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, and previously worked as a corrections officer.

The civilian shot dead by the pair is believed to have been carrying a concealed firearm and had opened fire on them as they ran into the Walmart, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Police would not confirm if the civilian was armed.
Where it began: The Cici's Pizza where the two officers were shot, one in the head, as they ate lunch

Where it began: The Cici's Pizza where the two officers were shot, one in the head, as they ate lunch
Shooting: Metro Police officers are shown outside a Walmart after a shooting in Las Vegas June 8, 2014

Shooting: Metro Police officers are shown outside a Walmart after a shooting in Las Vegas June 8, 2014

The shooters were not done terrorizing. They fired several shots into the air while screaming for people to leave, witnesses and police sources told KSNV.

Horrified shoppers fled the packed store, there were 'literally a thousand' witnesses to the shooting, McMahill said during an earlier press conference.

'The families are devastated - in a moment's notice they lost their loved one'

Sheriff Doug Gillespie

'We saw when the man was walking, he was shouting, yelling bad words, and suddenly he had a gun,' Pauline Pacheco, who was shopping at the Walmart, told KLAS. 'It was terrible, it was terrible. That man was crazy.'

Another woman told the station she dropped to the ground and texted 'I love you' to a family member as one of the gunmen walked within feet of her and screaming that they wanted a shootout with the police.

A grandmother in the store with her granddaughters when the shooters ran inside told the paper she hid behind a makeup aisle and prayed while waiting for them to pass before the three of them bolted through the front door to safety.
Crime scene: Police flooded the Walmart as the assailants holed themselves up inside just before noon and remained there as the sun went down

Crime scene: Police flooded the Walmart as the assailants holed themselves up inside just before noon and remained there as the sun went down
Ready to move: Las Vegas police officers prepare to go towards the Walmart shooting scene

Ready to move: Las Vegas police officers prepare to go towards the Walmart shooting scene

Sad embrace: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers hug near the Wal-Mart

Sad embrace: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers hug near the Wal-Mart

Jesus Bustamante, 26, told the Sun he was in the store's electronics section when he heard a 'muzzled' sound and people began yelling 'it's a shooting!'

A Metro officer ran past him and shouted 'get the f*** out of here!' He recalled to the paper.

The two suspects then exchanged about 20 shots with SWAT officers, witnesses told the station. It is not clear if they were injured in the exchange.

The standoff ended with the pair making good on their 'suicide pact,' police said.

Authorities have not confirmed what was in the bags, but a bomb squad was called to the scene as a precaution.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said: 'I am devastated by the news today of two officers and an innocent bystander who were murdered in an act of senseless violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.'
On the scene: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers walk under police tape just in front of the Walmart

On the scene: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers walk under police tape just in front of the Walmart
Just outside: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers stand near Walmart employees in front of the store

Just outside: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers stand near Walmart employees in front of the store

Home base: The grim apartment complex where the suspected shooters lived - a small explosion reportedly occurred as officers raided the home late Sunday night

Home base: The grim apartment complex where the suspected shooters lived - a small explosion reportedly occurred as officers raided the home late Sunday night

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman issued a statement of her own.

'This was a senseless and cruel act killing three innocent people, two who dedicated their lives to protecting all of us in our community and one who was innocently going about her daily life.

'Their resolve was greater than ever to serve our community with loyalty, dedication and to honor the memory of their two comrades and friends.'

Senator Harry Reid also weighed in, saying: 'I am terribly saddened by today's senseless shooting in the Las Vegas valley.

'Metro Police officers do all they can to protect our residents and the millions of tourists who visit the region,' Reid continued. 'This is a tragedy for all affected, including the Metro Police Department and the families of those killed.'

Walmart has released a statement to KTNV regarding the incident.

'We express our deepest condolences to everyone who have been affected by this senseless act of violence. Our store is currently closed. This is still an active investigation and we are working with local police.'

The investigation remains ongoing.
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engineer
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 07:36 am
@bobsal u1553115,
I'm not sure why you conflated this event with the tea party. I have a lot of concerns about tea party groups, but killing police isn't one of them.
Baldimo
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 08:01 am
@engineer,
It fits his narrative. You try and claim any other shooters were liberals and you will have the fight of your life.

I'm sure they would deny any of the other mass shootings were by lefties. It's an opportunity for them to say "see we told you so".
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 08:14 am
@Baldimo,
Name a couple of those "liberal" shooters, will you???? Just a couple. Shame on you.
Baldimo
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 08:53 am
@bobsal u1553115,
How about the guy who showed up to shoot people at the Family Research Council. He even brought Chick-fil-a sandwiches to the shooting to leave on the dead bodies.

It is interesting that when there are shooting by right wing people, the press is quick to point that out. Like the Aurora Theater shooter. He wasn't a right wing person, but the media couldn't wait to point out that they found another person with the same name, although he was like 50, that was registered as a Tea Party person.

When you start doing a search for left wing shooters, the media is suddenly silent on the information they want to provide and how deep they want to dig.
revelette2
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 10:49 am
@engineer,
Perhaps not tea party, but white Supreme groups would have been more accurate?
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 01:40 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
you seem to be carrying the teabagger relationship a bit far here.
These are more Turner Diaries types.

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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 02:21 pm
@Baldimo,
One. We're even, one up. The pud who shot three people at the Jewish center last week. 2-1, my favor, name another.

When was the last time liberals armed up and put their women in front of them to protect a deadbeat? In fact, this asswad and his wife were at the Bundy standoff.

Sorry brother, liberals tend to passive aggressive acts, "conservatives" shoot children, women, politicians, etc. You really need to think about this one a little longer.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 02:29 pm
@revelette2,
They carried the Tea Party flag, they attended a TeaParty and Teapublican supported "standoff" with Federal law enforcement. There wasn't anything he did that Teabilies haven't advocating since the President was elected. He was using his "second amendment solution" to remedy an unConstitutional abridgement of his rights. At least thats how Sarah Palins put it any number of public times. Sorry. I am glad they are feel shamed by this crap and want to distance themselves from it. But this is on them. This the whirlwind they reap after seeding the wind.
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 03:32 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
the teaparty flag isn't, technically, the Gadsden flag of 1776. Its a more Arts n Crafty style like this

     http://colorlines.com/assets_c/2011/04/tea_party_flag_042511-thumb-640xauto-2923.jpg
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 03:32 pm
We really need to do something about these well regulated militias....
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 03:34 pm
@boomerang,
I agree.
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 03:36 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Maybe we could.... I don't know.... regulate them?
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 04:05 pm

Social media accounts paint chilling portrait of Las Vegas cop killers
Posts before rampage warned of 'sacrifices' and 'bloodshed'
Jason Sickles, Yahoo

By Jason Sickles, Yahoo 1 hour ago Yahoo News


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Jerad and Amanda Miller during Christmas 2013. (Facebook)


A day before going on a shooting rampage that left two Las Vegas police officers and a bystander dead, Jerad Miller, one of the gunmen, posted this on Facebook:

“The dawn of a new day. May all of our coming sacrifices be worth it.”

Witnesses reportedly said Miller and his wife, Amanda, shouted, “This is a revolution” and “We're freedom fighters” when they ambushed the officers who were on their lunch break at a pizza restaurant.

If their social media accounts are any indication, rants about attacks and disgust with authority were a common thread in their lives.

“To the people in the world...your lucky i can't kill you now but remember one day one day i will get you because one day all hell will break lose and i'll be standing in the middle of it with a shot gun in one hand and a pistol in the other,” Amanda Miller posted on Facebook on May 23, 2011.

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Amanda Miller created and posted this Bitstrip comic to her Facebook six months ago. (Facebook)

After killing Police Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, and taking their weapons, police said, the Millers fled across the street to a Walmart store, where they shot and killed customer Joseph Wilcox, 31, before apparently taking their own lives in a suicide pact.

The couple, who married in September 2012, moved from Lafayette, Indiana, to Las Vegas, Nevada, in January of this year.

Photos on Amanda Miller’s Facebook page shows the couple celebrating Christmas with family two weeks before departing for Nevada. In one photo, she poses with copies of the “Shooter’s Bible” and “Extreme Survival.”

“My new books that my Grandma Paula got me!” she wrote on Facebook.

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Amanda Miller shows off books she received last Christmas. (Facebook)

According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Jerad Miller had a long history of arrests and convictions for drug offenses while in Indiana.

In a July 8, 2013, video he posted to YouTube, he vents about the government making a profit from an ankle monitor he has to pay for and wear while under house arrest. He also rants about the local courthouse and questions why citizens need permits.

“You have to go down to that big stone structure, monument to tyranny, and submit, crawling, groveling on your hands and knees,” he says on the video. “Sounds a little like Nazi Germany to me or maybe communist Russia.”

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Amanda and Jerad Miller in April in Las Vegas. (Facebook)

On Monday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that a neighbor said the Millers might have been planning a larger attack on an unidentified court building. According to the story, the couple’s next-door neighbor and friend was holding documents for the couple that included detailed plans to take over a courthouse and execute public officials.

Jerad Miller’s profile picture on Facebook is of two knives behind a mask and the word “PATRIOT” in stars and stripes. Much of his social activity was centered on Second Amendment gun laws, government spying and drug laws. Six days before Sunday’s rampage, he posted on Facebook that, “to stop this oppression, I fear, can only be accomplished with bloodshed.”

“We can hope for peace. We must, however, prepare for war. We face an enemy that is not only well funded, but who believe they fight for freedom and justice. ... We, cannot with good conscience leave this fight to our children, because the longer we wait, our enemies become better equipped and recruit more mercenaries of death, willing to do a tyrants bidding without question. I know you are fearful, as am I. We certainly stand before a great and powerful enemy. I, however would rather die fighting for freedom, than live on my knees as a slave.”

Investigators with the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center said the Millers' web writings were typical of right-wing, militia-type thinking.

But Heidi Beirich said the SPLC’s intelligence files don’t show the couple to be members of an organized group.

“It’s just the two of them doing this crazy thing that the two of them decided to do,” Beirich, director of the SPLC’s intelligence project, told Yahoo News.

The ADL says in the past five years, there have been 43 separate incidences of violence between domestic extremists and U.S. law enforcement. All but four of the attacks were perpetrated by right-wing extremists, according to the ADL.

“The two police officers who lost their lives are only the latest in a series of casualties in a de facto war being waged against police by right-wing extremists, including both anti-government extremists and white supremacists,” Mark Pitcavage, ADL director of investigative research, said in a written statement. “Some extremists have deliberately targeted police, while others have responded violently when meeting police in unplanned encounters. The killings are not the effort of a concerted campaign, but rather a series of independent attacks and clashes stemming from right-wing ideologies.”
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Buttermilk
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 04:29 pm
Two white supremacists who think cops were Nazis committing a mass shooting....Nothing to see here folks move along.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 04:47 pm
Two Tea Party white supremists.

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Four vidoeos here with the morons identifying with the Tea Party

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/shooters-carried-arsenal-supplies-sunday-rampage

Shooters carried arsenal, supplies into Sunday rampage


MICHAEL QUINE/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillepie, Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill and Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo spoke to the media during a press conference at Metro Police Department on Monday regarding the shooting deaths of two police officers and another man on Sunday.
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Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie during a press conference at Metro Police Department on Monday, June , 2014. To the right are photos of the shooting suspects, Jerad and Amanda Miller. Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, were eating at CiCi's Pizza at Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue about 11:20 a.m. Sunday when the two suspects entered the rear of the restaurant and gunned down the officers. The two suspects then went to a nearby Wal-Mart and killed one person before killing themselves. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Jerad Miller’s Facebook ‘manifesto’


By FRANCIS McCABE
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The following statement was posted to Jerad Miller’s Facebook page June 2.

“We can hope for peace. We must, however, prepare for war. We face an enemy that is not only well funded, but who believe they fight for freedom and justice. Those of us who know the truth and dare speak it, know that the enemy we face are indeed our brothers. Even though they share the same masters as we all do. They fail to recognize the chains that bind them. To stop this oppression, I fear, can only be accomplished with bloodshed. May the best men of our beloved nation stand and fight tyranny, without fear and without regret. May we stand proud as free men instead of kneeling as slaves. May we offer our children a free and just world with our blood, sweat and tears as payment. Let our wives and lovers take vengeance upon our enemies in our absence. We cannot fail in this endeavor of Liberty, if we do we risk leaving our orphaned children to the will of tyrants. We, cannot with good conscience leave this fight to our children, because the longer we wait, our enemies become better equipped and recruit more mercenaries of death, willing to do a tyrants bidding without question. I know you are fearful, as am I. We certainly stand before a great and powerful enemy. I, however would rather die fighting for freedom, than live on my knees as a slave. Let it be known to our children’s children that free men stood fast before a tyrants wrath and were found victorious because we stood together. That we all cast aside our petty differences and united under the banner of Liberty and Truth. May future generations look back upon this time in history with awe and gratitude, for our courage to face tyranny, so that they could live happy and free”




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See a YouTube video in which Jerad Miller is interviewed during the standoff earlier this year at Cliven Bundy’s ranch.

By MIKE BLASKY, COLTON LOCHHEAD and FRANCIS McCABE
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Jerad and Amanda Miller left their downtown apartment Sunday morning loaded for a long fight.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said the Millers had a small arsenal and survivalist gear in two bags when they entered a northeast Las Vegas Wal-Mart Sunday.

The Millers entered the store with one shotgun and four handguns, including the two they took from the Las Vegas police officers they ambushed and killed at a nearby CiCi’s Pizza. Their bags also contained about 200 rounds of ammunition, knives, first aid supplies, camouflage clothing and military-issued rations known as MREs.

Investigators have security footage of both the shootings at CiCi’s and Wal-Mart.

Both Jerad, 31, and Amanda, 22, appeared to be “cool and calm” during the shooting spree, the law enforcement source said. There was no indication yet that they were using drugs that day, though a toxicology report is being done.

During a news conference late Monday morning, senior police officials called the attack an isolated incident, but said officers will take extra precautions as they patrol the valley in the coming days.

The couple may have been planning a larger attack on an unidentified court building, but police said Monday the two appeared to be working alone and not part of a larger plot.

Jerad and Amanda Miller had been staying with a friend at a small apartment complex at 110 South Bruce St. They had rented their own unit there, but had to move out.

Kelley Fielder lived next door to the Millers and called them her “best friends.” She said she didn’t know they were “that crazy.”

She was holding documents for the couple that included detailed plans to take over a courthouse and execute public officials. The file box full of documents, along with three empty rifle cases and an empty box for handcuffs, were confiscated by investigators during a search of Fielder’s apartment.

The Millers simultaneously executed two Las Vegas police officers Sunday, according to a police official with knowledge of the investigation into the rampage that left two officers and a citizen dead, and the suicides of the Millers.

Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, were in their seats at CiCi’s Pizza, 309 N. Nellis Blvd., at about 11:20 a.m. Sunday when shooters identified Jerad and Amanda Miller entered the rear of the restaurant.

The police official said neither officer had a chance to return fire. The entire attack was caught on surveillance video, police said Monday.

Jerad Miller then covered the officers with the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me,” and placed a manifesto with a swastika symbol on one officer’s body.

The flag is named for Christopher Gadsden, a Revolutionary War general who designed it. It has recently come back in vogue as an adopted symbol of the American tea party movement.

A DEADLY MISSION

The couple had left their Bruce Street apartment about 4:30 a.m., telling neighbors they planned to murder cops, police said. They were armed with several handguns and a shotgun, and carried several hundred rounds of ammunition.

“He knew he wasn’t going to survive that day,” an official with knowledge of the investigation said. “Cops were going to die, and he was going to die.”

After the shooting, the couple headed toward a nearby Wal-Mart, where Jerad Miller was confronted by Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas. Wilcox was legally carrying a concealed pistol. Wilcox was unaware that Amanda Miller, who was pushing a shopping cart, was involved in the incident and “lying in wait,” the official said.

She slipped behind Wilcox and shot him at close range.

“He had no idea the wife was walking behind him,” the police official said of the slain man. “This guy (Wilcox) was not some idiot with a gun. To me, he was a hero. He was trying to stop an active shooter.”

Police said this morning that Wilcox was killed without firing a shot.

Officers exchanged gunfire with the couple in the store’s automotive section. Oil and antifreeze spilled onto the floor creating a messy scene.

In the last moments of their lives, Jerad and Amanda turned and faced each other and spoke, though it is unclear what they said. She then shot him several times before shooting herself in the head. Jerad made some movements afterwards but died there. Amanda was showing signs of life and was taken to a hospital, but died soon after.

BUNDY RANCH VISIT

The official said both Millers went to the Bundy Ranch near Bunkerville in April, hoping to join a militia standoff with federal agents who were trying to remove Cliven Bundy’s cattle from federal land.

Miller on Facebook said Bundy’s ranch was “under siege,” and he hoped to help save the rancher “and his family from Federal Government slaughter.”

Reno television station KRNV interviewed Miller, who they identified as “Jarad Miller,” near Bundy’s ranch.

He told the station: “I feel sorry for any federal agents that want to come here and try to push around or anything like that. I really don’t want violence toward them but if their gonna come and bring violence to us, well, if that’s the language they want to speak, we’ll learn it.”

Miller was dressed in camouflage and wearing a T-shirt advertising Gordon Martines for Clark County Sheriff. Martines is a former Metro detective who claims on his campaign Facebook page to be a lifetime member of the Oath Keepers, a patriot group that rallied to Bundy’s side during the standoff.

On his Google+ account, Jerad Miller said he was shunned by the Bundy Ranch group for being a felon. He posted that he and Amanda “sold everything” they had and quit their jobs to go to the ranch.

“As far as I am concerned my government is a fascist enemy,”…. “My family has bled for this nation and our freedoms and I will not let their sacrifice go unanswered without my own sacrifice.”

Ammon Bundy, one of Cliven Bundy’s sons, initially told The Associated Press that it is possible the Millers were at the ranch during the standoff with federal agents, but that “we have not found anybody that recognizes them.”

He later told AP that Jerad and Amanda Miller were there but were asked to leave after a few days because they were “very radical” and did not “align themselves” with the protest’s main issues.

“Not very many people were asked to leave,” Bundy said. “I think they may have been the only ones.”

A CRIMINAL PAST

Jerad Dwain Miller had a lengthy criminal history dating back at least to 2000 that saw him in and out of jail on felony and misdemeanor charges in both Washington and his home state of Indiana.

In 2010 and 2007, Jerad Miller was convicted of drug dealing and possession charges related to marijuana.

In between those criminal cases he married Amanda Miller in September 2012, Lafayette, Ind., court records show.

Jerad Miller also was arrested in 2009 on a battery charge by Tippecanoe County, Ind., police. He was later found not guilty.

In February 2011, he was arrested on a strangulation battery charge in Dearborn County, Ind., though the result of that case is unclear.

Jerad Miller also was no stranger to police in Benton County, Wash. District Court records there show he was convicted of obstructing a public officer and DUI in August 2002. In April of that year he was found guilty of assault with intent to cause injury.

In June 2001, he was convicted of third-degree malicious mischief. In February 2001 he was convicted of third-degree theft. In 2000, he was convicted of third-degree malicious mischief.

In 2001, he was convicted in Benton County Superior Court of taking a motor vehicle without permission and harassment.

An apparent relative of Jerad Miller with an address in Richland, Wash., did not answer calls Monday.

A man who answered the phone at the home of one of his relatives in Lafayette, Ind., said “at this time there is no comment.”

Amanda Miller does not appear to have a criminal history. In a post on her Facebook page from May 23, 2011, she writes: “to the people in the world…your lucky i can’t kill you now but remember one day one day i will get you because one day all hell will break lose and i’ll be standing in the middle of it with a shot gun in one hand and a pistol in the other.”

Someone who answered the phone at her family home in Lafayette quickly hung-up on a reporter.

The two were known to dress up as comic book characters and pose with tourists on Fremont Street. They can be seen in photos made up as the Joker and his girlfriend, Harley Quinn, from the Batman series.

James Holmes, suspect in the 2012 murder of 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, told reportedly police after the shooting that he was the Joker.

PRIOR THREATS

In January the Millers were interviewed by federal law enforcement officers after they threatened to “shoot up” a Department of Motor Vehicles office in that state.

On Jan. 1 Amanda Miller posted on Facebook that “Today’s the big day” for a move to Las Vegas.

Jerad Miller’s Facebook page, peppered with several pro-gun rights posts, showed a growing distaste for government.

In early May, Jerad Miller posted a statement foreshadowing the shooting.

“There is no greater cause to die for than liberty. To die for that cause is easy, to live for it is another matter. I will willingly die for liberty. Death, in a sense is freedom from tyranny. Death, is the easy way out. Most notably is the “suicide by cop” routine. Yes, standing before despots is dangerous and most likely does not end well for you. I know this, my wife knows this. Soon they will come for us, because they don’t like what we think, and what we say. They don’t like the fact that we, simply will not submit to fascist rule. We don’t have much, but we are willing to sacrifice everything…….for you, for your freedoms. Even if you wouldn’t let us have ours. We know who we are and what we stand for, do you?”

On June 3, after Attorney General Eric Holder announced the creation of a domestic terrorism task force, Miller posted “Well if you have been waiting for the thought police, here they are.”

Jerad Miller’s last post on the social media website, time-stamped at 4 a.m. Saturday reads “The dawn of a new day. May all of our coming sacrifice be worth it.”

VIGIL, DONATION ACCOUNT PLANS

Local pastors and community leaders have scheduled a candlelight vigil for 6 p.m. today to honor the three men shot and killed Sunday.

The vigil will be held on the corner of Stewart Avenue and North Nellis Boulevard, Troy Martinez, senior pastor at East Vegas Christian Center said. The event is expected to last until about 8 p.m.

Las Vegas police have set up an officer down fund at www.injuredpoliceofficers.com for the families of Beck and Soldo. Anyone interested in donating to the can send funds to Wells Fargo account 8754899923 or Nevada State Bank account 905202081.

Reporters Ben Botkin, Henry Brean, Rachel Crosby, Keith Rogers and Ricardo Torres contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at [email protected]. Follow @blasky on Twitter.

Contact Colton Lochhead at [email protected] or 702-383-4638. Find him on Twitter: @coltonlochhead.

Contact Francis McCabe at [email protected] or 702-380-1039. Find him on Twitter: @fjmccabe.
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revelette2
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2014 05:01 pm
@Buttermilk,
Well, I hardly think there is nothing to see here, after all cops and a person trying to help died.
revelette2
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2014 09:46 am
Quote:
The media has set a precedent for itself in past events that involved tragic political hostilities and murder. Most famously, the conservative press has spent the last two years complaining about whether President Obama called the attacks in Benghazi terrorism. Of course, there is video showing him doing just that the next day in the White House rose garden, but that didn’t put an end to the ludicrous speculation and smears.

Additionally, there were murderous rampages in Frankfort, Germany, Ft. Hood, TX, Boston, MA, and even the Boko Haram kidnappings in Nigeria. All of these cases got right-wingers riled up insisting that they immediately be regarded as terrorism and called such by the nation’s press, politicians, and pundits. A few examples included:
•Glenn Beck: Why are we still not calling it terrorism?
•Rush Limbaugh: He just will not say it. He will not say it’s terrorism. Who knows why?
•Neil Cavuto: Why is it so hard to call them terrorists?
•Andy Levy: I think they’re that stupid if they’re refusing to call them terrorists anymore.
•Catherine Herridge: After he shouted ‘God is great’ the administration did not call it terrorism.
•Sean Hannity (Karl Rove ad): Obama and his administration wouldn’t call it terrorism for 14 days.
•Chris Wallace: How do you explain, then, the continued refusal to call it terrorism?

Which brings us to Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda. These two nut cases were deeply involved in anti-American activities and openly expressed radical beliefs based on conspiracy theories and Fox News lies. They recently spent time in the desert threatening federal agents with deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy. Their Facebook page is plastered with violent rants advocating the overthrow of the government and imminent bloodshed. A glance at the people and organizations that they “liked” on Facebook is highly instructive. It includes three of the biggest Tea Party groups, all bankrolled by the Koch brothers. Also, there are three organizations that are run by current Fox News guests and contributors.

http://www.newscorpse.com/Pix/Misc/jerad-miller-facebook.jpg

Obviously Fox News can’t call the Millers terrorists because that would mean they are calling a hefty chunk of their most loyal viewers terrorists. And for many others in the Fox audience it would be offensive to apply a term that they reserve for brown-skinned people from foreign lands, to a white, married, Christian couple from Nevada via Indiana.

But you still have to wonder why the rest of the media is suddenly so averse to using the word terrorism. If there were ever an appropriate time to employ the label, it is now. The Millers made their intentions crystal clear. They reportedly shouted that “This is the start of the revolution,” as they commenced their crime spree. They draped their victims in the Gadsden flag, a banner of the Tea Party movement. Their motives were purely to incite terror in furtherance of their seditionist agenda. Similar behavior by Nidal Hasan and the Tsarnaev brothers was referred to as terrorism from the outset. So I’ll ask again – Why won’t the media call it terrorism?


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Baldimo
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2014 09:59 am
@revelette2,
Major Hassan was an act of terrorism? If that's the case then why did the Obama admin call it work place violence?
revelette2
 
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Reply Tue 10 Jun, 2014 10:56 am
@Baldimo,
You obviously missed the point of where the right wing media called it terrorism, not that it was terrorism. The major point is that the right wing media is quick to call it terrorism if it involves Arabs/Muslims but not so quick if it involves domestic violence from right wing fanatics.
 

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