Las Vegas: A married couple who fatally shot three people in Las Vegas on Sunday - including two police officers - before killing themselves spoke incessantly about overthrowing the government and had ties to the anti-government Patriot movement, neighbours said on Monday.
The police on Monday identified the couple as Jerad and Amanda Miller, who moved to Las Vegas in January and participated in anti-government protests at the ranch of Cliven Bundy, who became a symbol of opposition to the federal government this spring for his refusal to pay grazing fees for his cattle.
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A married couple suspected of fatally shooting three people in Las Vegas, including two police officers, have been identified as Amanda and Jared Miller. They also died at the scene.
Jerad Miller, 31, and Amanda Miller, 22, killed two Las Vegas police officers Sunday at a pizza restaurant and fatally shot a third person at a nearby Wal-Mart before dying in a suicide pact.
The Millers, who left posts on their Facebook pages that threatened violence, had dropped off their pet cats a few hours before the attack on Sunday with Kelly Fielder, who lived next door, according to Ms Fielder.
Ms Fielder said that Jerad Miller told her he was going "underground," adding, "I gotta do what I gotta do," before starting to cry, giving Ms Fielder a hug and leaving with his wife.
Ms Fielder said that Jerad Miller talked nonstop about his opposition to the US government.
"All Jerad wanted to do is talk about overthrowing the government," said Ms Fielder. "I thought he was talking smack."
The Las Vegas police said in a news conference Monday: "We believe this was an isolated act."
The Facebook pages of the Millers are full of anti-law enforcement postings and violent threats.
A note on the Facebook page for Jerad Miller, dated June 7 - one day before the attack - said: "The dawn of a new day. May all of our coming sacrifices be worth it." A post from May 7 asks people to send him "a rifle firearms."
A post on Amanda Miller's Facebook page from 2011 warns that people are "lucky I can't kill you now but remember one day I will get you because one day all hell will break loose and I'll be standing in the middle of it with a shotgun in one hand and a pistol in the other."
On his Facebook page, Jerad Miller said that he attended Kennewick High School in Kennewick, Washington, and married Amanda in September 2012. He posted several pictures of the Bible and of Elvis Presley, as well as pictures of a gold-plated semiautomatic gun that belonged to the singer and was on display at an Elvis museum in Las Vegas. In his news feed, he shared an anti-government cartoon that pokes fun at domestic spying and drones, and wrote in the caption, "Do you think anyone recognises the nation D.C. hath made?"
Amanda Miller wrote that she was from Lafayette, Indiana, and attended Jefferson High School there. She listed her job as head of the needlework department at Hobby Lobby.
Amanda Miller's YouTube channel has several videos of the couple in the car with their cats, including one posted in January titled, "Entering Indy for the Last Time." In the video, Jerad Miller says that the couple is heading to Indianapolis.
"We are for the last time going through this awful city," he says. The clip closes with Amanda Miller saying, "We're on our way to Vegas, baby." The date on the video is January 4, 2014, a day after what Jerad Miller said on Facebook was his 31st birthday.
The two police officers were ambushed as they were eating lunch at a CiCi's Pizza on Sunday around 11.20am, said Sheriff Douglas Gillespie of Clark County.
The sheriff identified the officers as Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, and said that one of them fired at the attackers before he died, but that it was unclear whether the officer struck either assailant.
Police say a shopper armed with a concealed weapon inside a Las Vegas Wal-Mart confronted an armed man who entered the store with his wife moments after the couple killed two officers in a nearby restaurant.
Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said Monday that 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox of Las Vegas was in the checkout line 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.
Sheriff 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.
"That these people would target police officers is not surprising given that they had associations with the anti-government movement," said Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Centre's Intelligence Project.
New York Times, AP
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