The married couple who police say killed three people in Las Vegas, including two police officers, had been kicked off a ranch where anti-government protesters faced down federal agents earlier this year.
Ammon Bundy, the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, tells 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.
Ammon Bundy says that while details are still sketchy, the Millers' conduct was the problem. He calls the couple "very radical" and says they didn't "align themselves" with the protest's main issues.
They were told to leave by members of a militia that also had come to the ranch in support of Bundy.
Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said Tuesday that the two suspects, 31-year-old Jerad Miller and his wife, 22-year-old Amanda, had ideology that was along the lines of "militia and white supremacists."
Police say 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox of Las Vegas had a concealed weapon and was in the checkout line inside Wal-Mart when he saw Jerad Miller fire a shot and went to confront him. Miller's wife, Amanda, pulled out a gun and shot Wilcox in the rib area. He collapsed and died.
McMahill says Wilcox wasn't able to fire any shots.
Police say the Millers exchanged gunfire with officers inside the Wal-Mart before Amanda Miller shot her husband and then herself.
McMahill says the shootings on Sunday at a pizza restaurant and Wal-Mart were an "isolated act." Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were also killed earlier at CiCi's Pizza.
The organization 10,000 Kids Inc. is sponsoring a candlelight vigil for the two fallen officers at 6 p.m. Monday in Las Vegas. (AP)
Governor Brian Sandoval signed an Executive Order Monday morning ordering flags to half staff beginning today until sunset on June 13, 2014, in remembrance of Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, who lost their lives in the line of duty as a result of a senseless act of violence.
“I ask that the Nevada family join Kathleen and me in extending our sincere thoughts and prayers for the officers and their families. Their commitment to protecting the public and serving the community will be forever remembered.”
“I would like to thank local and state law enforcement officials for their quick and effective response to this tragedy, and I extend my deepest condolences as they grieve for their fallen officers. I ask all Nevadans to take a moment to show our gratitude for the men and women of law enforcement for their selfless service.”
“I am devastated by the news 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. I am receiving regular updates with regard to this tragedy and local and state law enforcement are assisting at the scene.”
Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today on the senseless murder of two police officers and an unarmed civilian in Las Vegas, Nevada. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
My heart is heavy following yesterday’s tragic shooting in Las Vegas. Although all of the details are not yet available, reports have indicated that a man and woman murdered two police officers and an unarmed civilian in cold blood. 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.
My deepest sympathies are with the families of those who died. A member of my staff here in Washington, D.C., is a cousin of fallen Officer Alyn Beck. I cannot imagine the pain that she and her family must be feeling due to this senseless shooting. No words can undo the unspeakable act which claimed the lives of their loved ones, but may their families know that Nevada and America grieve with them.
My thanks go to all the brave law enforcement officials who responded to the scene and who put their lives on the line to ensure no other Nevadans were injured.
We here in Congress have a duty to put into place legislation that helps prevent deranged individuals from carrying out such savage acts of violence. Universal backgrounds checks would be a good start. The American people are depending on us to pass legislation to prevent gun violence and safeguard our communities, schools and families.
U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement regarding the shooting:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. I would also like to extend my sympathy to the families of the police officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving this community, as well as the loved ones of the innocent civilian whose life was also lost. As so many unanswered questions remain, Las Vegas and the people of Nevada join you in mourning today’s tragic events,” said Senator Dean Heller.
Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) released the following statement regarding the deaths of Las Vegas Metro Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo:
“To the families of officers Beck and Soldo and the third victim, please know that all of Nevada grieves with you. Our thoughts, heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you in the wake of this senseless tragedy.”