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Full details of press conference regarding deadly ambush of officers

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Jun 9, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department held a press conference on Monday to lay out the details of Sunday's shooting.

LVMPD Officers Igor Soldo, 31, and Alyn Beck, 41, were killed in CiCi's Pizza. Joseph Wilcox, 31, was killed in the nearby Walmart.

The suspects have been identified as Jerad Miller, 31, and his wife, Amanda, 22.

The following details were released during the press conference:

The incident happened around 11:22 a.m. on Sunday. The two officers were inside CiCi's Pizza near Nellis and Stewart on their lunch break.

According to police, Jerad went into CiCi's Pizza, looked around, exited the restaurant and met with his wife outside. They both then re-entered the restaurant. They walked past the officers and Jerad immediately pulled out a handgun and shot Soldo one time in the back of the head.

Officer Beck began to react, and was then shot in the throat by Jerad. Amanda then removed a handgun from her purse and both suspects fired multiple rounds into Beck.

The shooting was caught on surveillance video, which is being reviewed by officers.

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According to police, the two suspects then pulled the officers out of the booth and placed a "Don't Tread On Me" yellow flag on Beck's body, as well as a Swastika.

Jerad then pinned a note to Soldo, which said this was the beginning of a revolution. They also grabbed the officers' weapons and ammo.

Jerad and Amanda then walked out of the restaurant, gathered their backpacks and crossed Nellis to the nearby Walmart and entered the front door.

Immediately after entering the store, Jerad fired one round and told people to get out, this was a revolution and police were on the way. Amanda was trailing behind Jerad and placed their backpacks into a cart.

Wilcox observed what was happening, and was carrying a handgun. Police said he didn't realize Amanda was with Jerad, and began to confront Jerad when Amanda shot him in the ribs.

The two suspects then continued to the back of Walmart. Officers entered into the store and made contact with the suspects, and there was an exchange of gunfire between officers and the suspects.

Officers were able to see store surveillance video of the suspects and determine where they were located. The sergeant at the scene determined the suspects were contained in the store and were not going to advance on the officers.

Police said once officers knew the suspects were in the back of the store, they put a patrol vehicle against the exit to prevent them from escaping. They said at one point, Jerad fired his gun and tried to get out the door.

Jerad then gathered items from the store, and both suspects sat down various times and positioned themselves on the ground. Jerad took items and built a defensive position around Amanda, who had suffered from a gunshot wound. It's unclear who shot Amanda, but they said Wilcox did not fire his handgun.

Jerad then laid on his stomach and Amanda fired several rounds into Jerad. Amanda then took her handgun and ended her own life.

SWAT officers then secured both suspects.

The backpacks that were left behind by the suspects contained hundreds of rounds of ammo, and police believe they were preparing for a lengthy gun battle with officers.

Police believe this is an isolated incident. They are conducting hundreds of interviews, looking through social media and talking with neighbors, as part of the investigation.

Officers said they have no doubt the suspects have some apparent ideology of militia and white supremacy.

They don't believe the Swastika placed on the officer's body was part of the Nazi movement. But the suspects equate the government with the Nazis, and believe law enforcement is the oppressor.

Jerad has a criminal background and offenses in the state of Washington. There were reports Jerad was at the Bundy Ranch protest, but was kicked out because of his background.

Police believe the suspects acted individually, and they don't believe there are additional suspects.

A search warrant was conducted on their apartment, and officers found paperwork that the couple was kicked out of their apartment and had been staying with a neighbor. Officers believe the couple left their apartment around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday and walked to CiCi's Pizza.

The department is stepping up their patrols, to make sure there are no additional threats to officers.

Police will continue to provide details as more information becomes available.

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Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.