A picture is starting to form about the two shooting suspects who are accused of killing two police officers and a female civilian before turning the guns on themselves in Las Vegas over the weekend: They were a husband-wife team, reported white supremacists and reputed methamphetamine users who were obsessed with conspiracy theories, investigators say.
The duo also boasted of having spent time at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch during a recent standoff between armed militia and federal agents over a grazing-rights issue embroiling the West, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
The suspected shooters — now dead — were identified by a neighbor as Jared and Amanda, the Daily Mail reported. Their last names are still not released.
They reportedly stormed a Cici’s Pizza on the northeastern edge of Las Vegas, where two police officers were eating their lunch. They shot the two officers — both at point blank and one in the head — and then ransacked their bodies for ammunition and weapons, the Daily Mail reported. The couple then reportedly tossed a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag over their bodies.
The dead officers have been identified as Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 31.
The suspected shooters then yelled to nearby diners: “Tell the police the revolution has begun,” before running from the scene to a nearby Walmart, he Daily Mail reported. One of the suspects then shot a female civilian in the entryway to the store, police said.
SWAT officers arrived on scene and the female suspect reportedly turned the gun on her male partner and shot and wounded him, before killing herself, police said. The male suspect then shot himself dead, police said.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the suspected shooters were likely white supremacists.
Neighbors who knew the two suspected shooters told police they were obsessed with conspiracy theories and had actually been talking of killing police weeks before the Sunday attack, the Daily Mail said.
The neighbors also told police that the two were methamphetamine users.
Swastikas found in apartment of Las Vegas cop killers
A man and a woman who shot two police officers and then a civilian in Las Vegas on Sunday may have been white supremacists, according to Las Vegas newspapers.
The Las Vegas Sun quoted neighbors at the couple’s apartment complex saying that the two “had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views, bragging about their gun collection and boasting that they’d spent time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that police found Swastika symbols in the apartment.
If the two are involved with neo-Nazi or white supremacists groups, the Vegas slayings would be one of several linked to hate movements.
Among recent killings: A former Ku Klux Klan “grand dragon” killed three at two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb in April; a man killed six before killing himself at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012; and a man killed three officers in Pittsburgh in 2009.
The tragedy in Las Vegas unfolded Sunday afternoon as two police officers ate lunch at CiCi’s Pizza — a world away from the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip.
Without warning, they were fatally shot at point-blank range by a man and a woman who then swiped the officers’ weapons, ammunition and badges, according to the Review-Journal. “This is a revolution,” one of the suspects shouted, according to witnesses.
The couple then reportedly covered the officers’ bodies with a cloth showing a Revolutionary War-era flag.
The newspaper reported it was the Gadsden flag, a yellow background with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on me.” Named for Christopher Gadsden, the Revolutionary War general who designed it, the flag has been more recently associated with the American Tea Party movement and, by some, with the Confederacy.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie identified the slain officers as Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31.
“They were ambushed,” Gillespie said, but he did not provide information about the shooters’ motive. ”My officers were simply having lunch when the shooting started.”
The shooters, who have not been named, then fled to a Wal-Mart where they killed a third person. Police responded, exchanging fire with the shooters. During the shootout, the female suspect killed the male suspect and then turned her gun on herself.
The Wal-Mart patron who was killed has not yet been publicly identified.
Although still sketchy, details have emerged about the shooters.
On Sunday night, investigators searched the married couple’s apartment, just four miles from the scene of the shooting. Police allegedly found swastika symbols and are looking into their links to the white supremacy movement, the Review-Journal reported:
Neighbor Krista Koch described them as ‘militant.’ They talked about planning to kill police officers, ‘going underground’ and not coming out until the time was right to kill.
Brandon Monroe, 22, has lived in the complex for about two weeks. He said the man who lived in the apartment that was being searched often rambled about conspiracy theories. He often wore camouflage or dressed as Peter Pan as a … street performer. A woman lived with him, Monroe said, but he didn’t see her as often.
They were weird people, Monroe said, adding that he thought the couple used methamphetamines.
Neighbors did not know the couple’s names.
The killings come less than a year after the Las Vegas Police Department’s most recent death. Officer David VanBuskirk died in 2013 while rescuing a hiker by helicopter.
Also last year, 115 people were killed in Vegas, but the AP reported that an officer has not been shot on duty since 2006.
In 1999, a man opened fire in an Las Vegas Albertsons and killed four people. A 2013 FBI report ranked Nevada second in the nation for violent crime — but the state’s large number of tourists may skew the data.
Las Vegas cop-killing couple left swastika-stamped manifesto on officer’s body, previously warned of Columbine killing: report
A neighbor of accused cop-killers Jerad and Amanda Miller claims the couple openly spoke of carrying out a ‘Columbine’ attack before police say they armed themselves with ‘hundreds of rounds of ammunition’ and killed three people before killing themselves Sunday.
The married couple accused of fatally shooting two Las Vegas cops and an innocent bystander before killing themselves left a swastika-stamped manifesto on a slain officer’s body and warned neighbors of their planned attack days before, it was reported Monday.
A neighbor of suspected killer Jerad Miller claims the 31-year-old openly spoke of his plans to carry out a “Columbine” attack against police before cops say he and his 22-year-old wife, Amanda, armed themselves with “hundreds of rounds of ammunition” and killed three people.
“They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,” Brandon Moore told the Las Vegas Sun of Jerad Miller’s alleged forewarning.
A second neighbor has also since claimed hearing similar threats from the couple.
“They were going to kill as many officers as they can, and then they were going to do away with themselves,” Krisa Koch, told KTNV. They said “they just wanted to get rid of as many of them as they can.”
In addition to openly sharing plans to kill, Jerad Miller allegedly boasted of his gun collection and having recently attended the armed standoff between cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management, which put militia members and federal agents precipitously head to head.
On Facebook Jerad allegedly wrote that “one of the reasons why he was kicked out of the Bundy ranch was because of his criminal history and background,” according to Asst. Sheriff Kevin McMahill at a press conference. That criminal history, said McMahill, was a vehicle theft offense in Washington state.
McMahill said they are now looking into the Millers’ connection to that standoff and whether Jerad Miller “told a neighbor that they were going to go out and kill police officers” — claims, apparently not reported to police.
The suspects had some kind of ideology of “anti-police and anti-government,” said McMahill.
“We don’t necessarily believe that they were white supremacists,” he said. Instead, “they believed that law enforcement is the oppressor” — like Nazis.
After Officers Lyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, were fatally shot while they were eating at CiCi’s Pizza on their lunch break, their bodies were pulled from their booth and onto the ground, said McMahill.
Both were then covered with their own yellow Gadsden flag, which features a coiled snake and the words, “Don’t Tread on Me”.
McMahill said Jerad Miller also placed a note featuring a swastika on Soldo’s body, “that basically said that this is the beginning of a revolution.”
It spoke about “tyrants” and “suicide,” a law enforcement source told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Armed with “hundreds of rounds of ammunition” in one backpack alone, police said the twisted couple then marched across the street to a Walmart as though “ready for a lengthy gun battle.”
There Jerad “told people to get out and that this is a revolution and that the police are on the way,” said McMahill.
That’s when 31-year-old customer, Joseph Wilcox, who was standing near the checkout area with a friend, pulled out his legally registered pistol and “told his friend he was going to confront the suspect,” said McMahill.
“He immediately and heroically moved into a position,” McMahill described. Unfortunately, he didn’t realize Amanda was with Jerad.
“Amanda shot him in the ribs area, where he immediately collapsed,” said McMahill. Wilcox didn’t fire off any shots at either of the suspects.
The couple then went deeper into the megastore, where one witness recalled a frightening encounter with the gunman.
The witness, Hector Garcia, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was shopping in an arts and crafts aisle when a man dressed in camouflage and carrying a duffle bag suddenly pointed a gun at him.
“Don’t run,” the gunman calmly told Garcia before walking to the back of the store.
Garcia fled the store with several other shoppers who were inside during the rampage. Meanwhile police said they were just paces behind the suspects, whom on several occasions they conversed with while exchanging gunfire.
Once the suspects made their way to the back of the store, with Jerad Miller carrying various items from the store with him, “the sergeant at the scene made the determination that they had the suspects contained,” said McMahill.
Officers surrounded the couple who had built a kind of “tactical” fortress around themselves with store items. Amada Miller, who had suffered a gunshot wound at some point, was protectively moved behind her husband, said police.
But the spree ended a short time later when police say Amanda Miller “fired several rounds into Jerad” before turning the gun on herself.
Police said she was still breathing when they got to them. She was transported to the University Medical Center for treatment, but died from her self-inflicted wound.
The couple recently moved to the area from Indiana, but neighbors said they were too spooked to get to know them.
Jerad was often spotted outside the couple’s Bruce Street apartment wearing camouflage when he wasn’t dressed as Peter Pan to go to work as a street performer, and he typically ranted about conspiracy theories.
He and his wife also dressed as the comic book villains Joker and Harley Quinn, neighbors said.
Brandon Monroe, 22 — who also moved to the complex in the past few weeks — told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he avoided the couple, who were in their late 20s, because they usually appeared to be high on methamphetamine.
Krista Koch told the paper that the couple talked about a plan to kill police officers and “going underground” until the time to attack. But she never took their remarks seriously.
After the shooting spree, police raided the apartment and found swastika symbols amongst other white supremacist paraphernalia.
Blaming The Constitution For A Meth Head’s Rampage
June 11, 2014 by Sam Rolley
Jerad Miller, a felon and reported advocate of crystal meth use who — along with his wife, Amanda, fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers and an armed citizen who tried to intervene on Sunday — is anything but the patriotic Constitutionalist he purportedly fancied himself. Rather, Miller was a miscreant abandoned by his family — likely due to behavioral issues stemming from his drug of choice — who, grasping for something to be a part of, was infatuated with the most extreme conspiracies that plague the far-right in America.
Unfortunately, little has been noted in the media of the deeply troubled individuals the Millers were, even as an hour’s worth of piecing together evidence about the two provides an exemplary illustration of a couple most Americans wouldn’t want to have as neighbors.
Instead, the meme adopted by most network media outlets is that provided by the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, which didn’t waste a moment pinning the Millers’ repugnant actions on an entire group of Americans who wholeheartedly agree with the Constitutional principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — three things the deranged couple denied their victims.
We can’t expect agenda-driven provocateurs to focus on anything that doesn’t fit the agenda they seek. For the SPLC, that agenda entails anti-2nd Amendment activism and the demonization of anyone who has a modicum of distrust for government. Because the group serves as a sort of go-to for media wanting to discuss what the Millers did, Americans can also not expect to get the whole story solely from the major news networks.
The SPLC and mainstream media have focused on the fact that the shooters were present at Cliven Bundy’s ranch earlier in the year as he quarreled with Federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management; they’ve noted that the Millers were fond of calling themselves “patriots” and spouting revolution rhetoric on their social media profiles; they’ve noted that the two criticized government overreach and supported patriot and Constitution advocates from across the Nation; and they’ve attempted to implicate Constitution-friendly public officials like Constitutional Sheriffs founder Richard Mack and David VanDerBeek, a gubernatorial candidate for the Independent American Party of Nevada.
In short, the message is that the Millers weren’t unlike any other freedom-loving Americans who defer first to the U.S. Constitution. To the SPLC, any conservative is likely to be the next person shooting innocent people in a shopping center in an effort to spark a new American revolution.
But here are a few facts that the SPLC and the talking heads who’ve sought its input are ignoring.
The Millers were asked to leave Bundy’s ranch because of their bizarre behavior.
Via The Associated Press:
Ammon Bundy told The Associated Press that Jerad and Amanda Miller 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.
“Not very many people were asked to leave,” he said. “I think they may have been the only ones.”
Jerad Miller was a criminal who disobeyed existing gun laws.
Also from the AP:
Jerad Miller, 31, was convicted of felony vehicle theft in Washington state, police said. He also had a criminal record in Indiana.
Conservative candidates had turned down the Millers’ offers to volunteer on campaigns because their psychological problems were obvious.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reported:
Gordon Martines, a former Las Vegas police detective and candidate for Clark County sheriff, said Jerad and Amanda Miller, who died in an apparent suicide pact after the shooting rampage, tried to become involved in his campaign months ago. They began showing up for debates and campaign events so often that they were noticed.
They freely offered all the resources available to them, Martines said, which struck him as odd because he didn’t see any reason why they would be such strong backers.
Martines checked into the couple. When he discovered that Jerad Miller had a criminal history that included DUI, assault, theft and mischief charges, he asked the Millers to back off.
“I said, ‘Look, I appreciate your support but I can’t be associated in any way, shape or form with you,’ ” Martines said. He noted that from the start, there was something strange about Jerad Miller. Though he couldn’t immediately identify what it was, his gut feeling was to keep them at arm’s length.
“After a while, you can just smell it,” Martines said of the couple and their strange presence. Looking back, he said he suspects the Millers wanted to be associated with a long-time law enforcement official to add to their credibility and access to the department.
Even after the candidate told the two that he didn’t want their help, they reportedly persisted.
Jerad Miller — and likely his wife — regularly used crystal meth.
VanDerBeek, the conservative Nevada gubernatorial candidate, described the Millers as “polite and friendly,” but also noted that there was something off about the couple in an interview with Daily Mail. The candidate, who is also a licensed counselor, described the two — whom he recalled meeting on at least five occasions — as “sick human beings who should have been locked up” long before.
VanDerBeek also noted that Jerad Miller was a “crystal meth user obsessed over the belief that all recreational drugs should be legalized,” according to the article.
The candidate’s claim is corroborated by an interview with one of the Millers’ neighbors published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Residents of the Bruce Street apartment complex gathered outside the building to talk about the couple whose unit was being searched.
Several neighbors identified the man as Jared, while one called the woman Amanda.
Like many of the neighbors contacted, Krista Koch said she didn’t know the couple’s last names. She described them as “militant.” They talked about planning to kill police officers, “going underground” and not coming out until the time was right to kill.
Brandon Monroe, 22, has lived in the complex for about two weeks. He said the man who lived in the apartment that was being searched often rambled about conspiracy theories. He often wore camouflage or dressed as Peter Pan to work as a Fremont Street Experience street performer. A woman lived with him, Monroe said, but he didn’t see her as often.
They were weird people, Monroe said, adding that he thought the couple used methamphetamine.
If you still aren’t convinced that Millers were drug-addled freaks whose actions were sparked by their addictions, watch a few minutes of the video below. It was reportedly taken last year before Jerad Miller was scheduled to go to prison for a drug conviction.
Anyone who has been forced to deal with a drug-addicted friend or relative can quickly point out some of the more obvious indicators of Miller’s substance issues: his unfettered and often-misplaced emotional outbursts, his propensity for blaming others for his problems, his incoherent rambling and visions of a “f*ck the world” future in which everything will miraculously fall into place.
Given the facts that have been conveniently ignored by the SPLC and its adherents, the Millers’ violent rampage had little to do with American Constitutionalists. It was a product of mental illness and the paranoia that results from methamphetamine abuse.