nb_cid nb_clickOther -tt-nb this.style.behavior='url(#default#homepage)';this.setHomePage('http://www.aol.com/?mtmhp=acmpolicybanner072814 network-banner-promo mtmhpBanner
14
Search AOL Mail
AOL Mail
Video
Video
AOL Favorites
Favorites
Menu

Videos of Vegas cop killer emerge on YouTube

LAS VEGAS (AP) - His face painted to look like the comic book villain the Joker, a man who would months later gun down two Las Vegas police officers and a good Samaritan punctuates his political rant with manic glares at the camera. In another online video, Jerad Miller warns that police can't be trusted.

"What better way to kill and rape, after all, if you're wearing a badge," he says. "When law enforcement and government are the criminals, they will fear an armed and educated people."

Investigators in Las Vegas are studying those videos and a range of other social media posts by Miller, 31, as they try to untangle what led him and his 22-year-old wife to gun down two police officers and a civilian before taking their own lives.

Capt. Chris Jones of the Las Vegas Police Department's Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center identified Miller as the man in the videos, which decry what Miller sees as a tyrannical American government.

The couple left a swastika and a "Don't tread on me" flag on the body of one of the two officers they killed and promoted an ideology shared by "militia and white supremacists," including the belief that law enforcement was the "oppressor," authorities said Monday.

Their views were apparently too extreme for anti-government protesters who faced down federal agents earlier this year at a Nevada ranch.

The Joker videos were posted on YouTube with a time stamp just before the 2012 presidential election, a few months after Jerad and Amanda Miller married.

Amanda Beck, Jerad Miller, Vegas cop killersAmanda Beck, Jerad Miller, Vegas cop killersAmanda Beck, Jerad Miller, Vegas cop killers

Authorities believe they came to the Las Vegas area in January. This spring, they went to the ranch of Cliven Bundy, who along with armed supporters thwarted a roundup of Bundy's cattle by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which wants to collect more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties.

Militias at the ranch kicked the Millers out after a few days, according to Ammon Bundy, one of the rancher's sons.

"They were very radical, you know, and did not align themselves with the reason that the protesters were there," Ammon Bundy said. "Not very many people were asked to leave. I think they may have been the only ones."

On Sunday, the two Las Vegas police officers were having lunch at a pizza buffet in an aging strip mall about 5 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip when the Millers fatally shot them. The attack at a CiCi's Pizza killed officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, both of whom were husbands and fathers of young children.

Las Vegas Police Officers Alyn Beck (left) and Igor Soldo (right)

About 100 people attended a candlelight vigil for the slain officers at CiCi's Pizza on Monday night, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1uOYPSo).

According to Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill, this is how Sunday's events unfolded:

The Millers left a neighbor's apartment where they had been staying around 4:30 a.m. and walked for hours until they reached the strip mall about 5 miles away.

Around 11:20 a.m., the Millers went into the restaurant, where the two officers were sitting in a booth. Jerad Miller fatally shot Soldo; as his partner tried to react, Miller shot Beck in the throat. Amanda Miller then pulled her own gun, and both shot Beck several times.

Police believe that while the Millers wanted to target police, the choice of Soldo and Beck was random.

The couple took the officers' guns and ammunition and left on Beck's body a yellow flag featuring the phrase "Don't tread on me." The flag, with its roots in the American Revolution, is a symbol for anti-government groups. Police said they believe the material with a swastika printed on it that was also left on the body was intended to paint police as Nazis.

The couple went next to a Wal-Mart across the street, where Jerad Miller entered, fired one round and "told the people to get out and this was a revolution and that the police were on the way."

In the frenzy, shopper Joseph Wilcox decided to confront Jerad Miller. Wilcox, 31, went from the returns area to Miller and pulled his concealed firearm. But before he could fire, Amanda Miller shot him in the ribs and Wilcox collapsed.

By now, police had arrived, and two five-officer teams entered the massive store.

As police closed in, Amanda Miller shot her husband several times with a handgun, killing him. She then shot herself in the head.

Police found hundreds more rounds of unspent ammunition in bags the Millers carried.

Jerad Miller had been convicted of felony vehicle theft and other offenses in Washington state between 2001 and 2003, according to a Washington State Patrol database. He also had a criminal record in Indiana.

Although police believe the shootings were an isolated act, not part of a broader conspiracy to target law enforcement, Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Monday he was pairing officers together for safety. For now, 300 will be on patrol at any given time - twice what is normal.

Asked about worries that more officers may be targeted, he responded: "Is that weighing? Sure, there's no doubt about it."

___

Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writer Eugene Johnson in Seattle and researcher Judith Ausuebel in New York contributed to this report.

Join the discussion

1000|Char. 1000  Char.
thirdsqurl June 10 2014 at 4:13 AM

Too many people on the far Right, and even some on the far Left, fantasize about themselves as glorious revolutionaries when they are nothing but delusional punks.

Flag Reply +99 rate up
49 replies
simon102006 June 10 2014 at 4:20 AM

My condolences go out to the families of these two officers. May they rest in peace.

Flag Reply +99 rate up
6 replies
ltpar June 10 2014 at 4:37 AM

Hopefully, true patriots will condemn the radical cowards for their random act of violence. The Millers were nothing but common criminals and not in the same cosmos with real patriots. The Millers, except for the revolving door of the Justice System might well have been in jail, rather than roaming the streets of Las Vegas. The two Police Officers were not the enemy and in fact were the real heros in this tragedy. Semper Fidelis brothers, rest in peace.

Flag Reply +96 rate up
26 replies
Big D!! June 10 2014 at 5:19 AM

Why do all these idiots rant about dying and killing for freedom instead of living and healing for freedom?

Flag Reply +92 rate up
20 replies
casemarinecal June 10 2014 at 5:34 AM

You can blame the Republicans and Democrats parties the blood is on your hands. Your divided parties are dividing our country!
That is why there is revolt and revolution talk.
Lets not forget America ..United we stand divided we fall.
Vote them ALL OUT!

Flag Reply +88 rate up
43 replies
doonooch June 10 2014 at 4:30 AM

The irony of all this is these so called "super patriots" have taken the laws into their own hands trying to spark a armed revolt against government (including the nut cake who shot up a court house in GA last week) not realizing they are unwittingly putting the cause of gun control into fast forward. The majority of Americans are becoming weary of gun violence and the belligerence of pro gun groups who portend to be the stewards of a free society. Rest assured these zealous extremist will continue on their self rightous assaults until the scales are fully tipped against them. Their supporters, being left without a rational way to defend the cause will soon start using convoluted and paranoid logic to blame "liberals" and "Democrats" for staging these events to further their anti gun agenda. Mark my words, it will happen.

Flag Reply +70 rate up
21 replies
doonooch June 10 2014 at 4:21 AM

funny, Just a day or two ago Tbaggers were accusing these two as being "liberals". That's so rich !!

Flag Reply +53 rate up
35 replies
hanlon1212 June 10 2014 at 4:32 AM

NEVER TRUST ANYONE WHO'S MASCOT IS A SNAKE IN THE GRASS ON A

YELLOW FLAG.

Flag Reply +46 rate up
18 replies
Mocs June 10 2014 at 5:20 AM

Effing savages. Hope they rot in hell.

Flag Reply +35 rate up
6 replies
THE BIG O.G. June 10 2014 at 5:32 AM

The Nazis hiding within the government is causing innocent and honest police ofrficers to be targeted.

Flag Reply +30 rate up
30 replies
aol~~ 1209600

Voting...

More From Our Partners