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Vegas police release details about couple accused of killing cops, bystander

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Vegas police release details about couple accused of killing cops, bystander

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jun 9, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The couple who shot and killed three people on Sunday at a pizza restaurant and local Walmart were identified by various media outlets on Monday morning as Jerad and Amanda Miller.

The couple's Facebook pages were originally discovered by Wonkette's Rebecca Schoenkopf.

According to Wonkette, the couple posted their support for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and criticized President Obama on their Facebook pages.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department also identified the Millers as the shooters during a press conference that began at about 11:15 a.m. Monday.

In addition, LVMPD released more details about the shooting, including the fact that the couple left a "Don't Tread On Me" flag named for Christopher Gadsden, a Revolutionary War general, on one of the police officer's bodies. The flag has most recently became the symbol for the American Tea Party movement.

The deadly duo also left behind a swastika and a note on the police officers' bodies before they left the pizza restaurant.

Action News spoke with the Miller's roommate on Monday.

"They had a cart full of ammunition, guns, everything. That's when 3:15 came around, and that's when the FBI came to my house," said Kelley Fielder.

The couple moved to Las Vegas in January. Neighbors said the couple often dressed up as fictional characters, and talked about killing police.

Before Sunday's shooting, Jerad posted on his Facebook page, "The dawn of a new day. May all of our coming sacrifices be worth it."

Neighbors who knew the couple said they wish they would have called police sooner.

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LVMPD also described the shooting of the man who attempted to stop what was happening when the couple moved to a nearby Walmart.

According to police, 31-year-old Joseph Robert Wilcox confronted Jerad Miller when he entered Walmart on North Nellis Boulevard. Wilcox was licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

As he was attempting to stop Jerad, police said Amanda Miller came up behind Wilcox and shot him in the ribs. Wilcox died from his injuries and was identified by the Clark County coroner on Monday morning.

Police also described the couple taking up a defensive position inside Walmart. According to police, Amanda Miller then shot and killed her husband Jerad before turning the gun on herself.

Police said Amanda Miller was initially alive after she shot herself but died soon afterwards.

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Las Vegas police told those gathered for the press conference they do believe at this time the shootings were an isolated incident.

According to officials in Indiana, Jerad Miller has a long list of offenses including criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm, marijuana possession and strangulation/battery.

Watch below a tearful rant by Jerad Miller before he was sent to jail in 2013. 



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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.