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Couple who ambushed police known for anti-government rants

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LAS VEGAS -- The two suspects accused of ambushing and shooting two police officers while they ate lunch Sunday were known to have strong anti-government, anti-police views.

During a news conference, Sheriff Doug Gillespie identified the man and woman as Jerad Miller, 31 and his wife, Amanda Miller, 22. Both recently moved to Las Vegas from Indiana.

Gillespie started a Monday news conference applauding those who responded to the shooting scene.

"To my agency, I am proud of your focus over the past 24 hours. It was extraordinary," Gillespie said. "You showed no fear entering a building knowing shots were being fired and knowing two of your brothers had been shot."

He also acknowledged the citizen who was shot after he attempted to confront one of the shooters.

"To the family of Joseph Wilcox, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sends our deepest condolences. He died trying to protect others. His death is completely senseless," Sheriff Gillespie said.

During the news conference, Metro laid out how the shooting started.

The two suspects walked past the booth in CiCi's Pizza on N. Nellis Boulevard where Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, were eating lunch around 11:20 a.m. Sunday. Jerad Miller pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Soldo in the back of the head. When Officer Beck began to react, he was shot in the throat, said Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill.

"Amanda Miller then removes a handgun from her purse and both Jerad and Amanda Miller fire multiple shots into Officer Beck," he added.

The bodies of the officers were pulled out of the booth by the suspects. McMahill said a Gadsden flag, which shows a coiled snake on a yellow background, and a swastika symbol was placed on Beck's body.  There was also note placed on Soldo's body which read, "This is the beginning of the revolution."  Jerad Miller was also heard by witnesses in the restaurant making a similar statement.

We don't believe they are white supremacists or associated with the Nazi movement, they believe law enforcement is the oppressor, McMahill added.

The two suspects made their way to the Wal-Mart where Jerad Miller, 31, fired a shot when he entered the front doors. He told people to get out and yelled "this is a revolution," McMahill said.

Wilcox, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, was in the store and told a friend he was going to confront Jerad Miller. What Wilcox did not know is that Amanda Miller was behind him. She shot him in the ribs before he could fire any shots.

McMahill discussed how the police formed two teams and entered the Wal-Mart store through the front and rear entrances. Police did exchange gunfire with the suspects who were in the rear of the store and had used store items to form a defensive position. Amanda Miller suffered a gunshot wound. McMahill said Jerad Miller laid on the floor in front of Amanda Miller and she fired several shots into him. She then shot herself in the head. 

Police did find numerous rounds of ammunition in one of the backpacks carried by the suspects.

"At this time, we believe this is an isolated act," said McMahill. "There is no doubt the suspects have some apparent ideology that is along the lines of militia, white supremacist." 

Police also talked about the Millers being at the recent stand-off between police and militia members at the Cliven Bundy ranch.

Jerad Miller had a Google+ account where he talked about being at the Bundy ranch when protesters showed up in force to protest the government's attempt to reclaim land Bundy was using for illegal grazing. Miller was upset because he had been shunned by other protesters.

"I was out there but they told me and my wife to leave because I am a felon. They don't seem to understand that they are all felons now for intimidating law enforcement with deadly weapons. So don't tell you that they need people. We sold everything we had to buy supplies and quit our jobs to be there 24/7. How dare you ask for help and shun us dedicated patriots!"

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.

Jerad Miller also posted two tearful videos on YouTube (at top of the story). He talked about the "new world order" and how he wished they could "wake-up" their families.

Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo said, although they believe the attack was an isolated incident, Metro is now operating under "emergency mobilization" which means there are double the normal amount of officers patrolling the streets. On a normal day, there would be 150 officers working. Currently, there are 300.

"That will continue indefinitely," Lombardo said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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