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Police: Cop killers heavily armed, wore diapers

By Ken Ritter

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man and woman who killed two Las Vegas police officers in a pizza shop and a shopper in a Wal-Mart before they died in a store shootout earlier this month were heavily armed and carried ammunition including armor-piercing bullets, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Monday.

Jerad and Amanda Miller wore adult diapers and carried four handguns, a shotgun, water and food, Gillespie said. The couple also smashed a Wal-Mart sporting-goods display case with a baseball bat to get more ammunition as they exchanged gunfire with SWAT officers, he said.

The husband and wife died June 8 after being cornered in the back of the store in the 15-minute shootout. In all, 52 shots were fired by the Millers and police inside the store. The husband and wife fired 36 shots, Gillespie said, and police fired 16.

"The two suspects involved in this horrible event were well-armed and ready to kill as many cops as they could," Gillespie said in the latest update of the investigation of the shooting that left officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck and Wal-Mart shopper Joseph Wilcox dead.

Wilcox was killed trying to draw his legal handgun to stop the Millers, who entered the store after shooting the officers eating lunch in the nearby restaurant.

The suspects "were prepared on that day to hunker down and stay in that Wal-Mart as long as they needed to," the sheriff said.

Gillespie wouldn't disclose more about a motive for the Millers' rampage and declined to say what was contained in a note left with a swastika symbol and a "Don't Tread on Me" flag in the pizza shop where the officers were ambushed.

He didn't say how many shots were fired in the CiCi's Pizza. That information was not immediately being made public, Sgt. John Sheahan said.

Gillespie said police still believe the Millers acted alone.

Police said previously the Millers shared an ideology with militia and white supremacists that law enforcement officers were oppressors. The couple was kicked out of an encampment of supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who engaged in an armed standoff in April with federal Bureau of Land Management agents trying to round up Bundy cattle in a public land trespassing dispute.

The Millers each had a handgun when they killed Soldo and Beck, and each took one of the officers' 9mm handguns and two spare clips of ammunition. The guns they brought with them were obtained by Amanda Miller in Indiana, where the couple lived before moving to Las Vegas in January.

Jerad Miller, 31, could not legally own weapons as a felon. He was convicted of vehicle theft in Washington state and had a criminal record in Indiana.

During the shootout in the Wal-Mart, a split-second exchange of gunfire changed the outcome of the fast-developing situation, Gillespie said.

Officer Brett Brosnahan came face to face with a surprised Amanda Miller rounding the corner of an aisle, and he wounded the 22-year-old assailant in the upper right shoulder.

Brosnahan wasn't hurt. He retreated before Jerad Miller, who had pulled a pistol-grip .12-gauge shotgun from his gym bag and donned a cloth vest and belt of shotgun shells, was mortally wounded in the chest by another police officer firing a military-style .223-caliber rifle.

Gillespie quoted Jerad Miller as declaring the start of a revolution and firing one shot into the ceiling after entering the Wal-Mart. He said the assailant shouted, "Stand down. You have failed. I am in charge now," as Sgt. Kurt McKenzie tried to get him to surrender near the back of the store.

Jerad Miller died lying prone on the floor. His wife lay nearby on her back, pointing a handgun at him before putting it to her own head and pulling the trigger. She was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

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Mary Beth June 23 2014 at 9:17 PM

It may be bad, but I am always so happy when people like this kill themselves so we don't have to look at them smirking from the tv screen for years while being supported on the taxpayer's dime.

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ppokobbaby1 June 23 2014 at 9:40 PM

I wish people like this would kill themselves before taking any others life.

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kingofswords72 June 23 2014 at 9:37 PM

"was mortally wounded in the chest by another police officer firing a military-style .223-caliber rifle"

Why is it when the government fires a gun it's called a military-style .223-caliber rifle, anyone else fires the same weapon it's called an assault rifle? More than likely the government weapon was also full automatic, which is actually an assault rifle, whereas a semi-automatic weapon is not. I've owned semi-automatic weapons in the 1960's for hunting purposes and never was it called an "assault weapon". Let the media play out what it will, only puppets and pawns actually believe what they say.

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Jennifer June 23 2014 at 9:38 PM

This whole thing is so horrible but I'm so glad the shooters are dead and we don't have to support them with one cent of our tax dollars. I feel so sorry for the police officers and their families. It is a tragedy.

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george.thoren June 23 2014 at 10:04 PM

Almost every day we see and/or hear about crazebd idiots killing innocents. Our country is becoming a cesspool. The answer ? It is so complicated and involves so much I honestly don't believe we know it. Innocents don't deserve this; the loss, the permanent changes it is horrible. The comments regarding bullets, guns, and related killling machines is uncalled for and sickening too. What difference does it make? Sorrow and sickness every day is not healthy or normal. Wake Up America.

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Don Carter June 23 2014 at 9:46 PM

The article said they wore adult diapers, but it didn't mention the tin foil hats.

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mennis0852 Don Carter June 23 2014 at 11:14 PM

They only wore them at home so the government would not be able to read their minds.

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jpweg5 June 23 2014 at 9:53 PM

When the cops have ARs around here they are called "patrol rifles". When law abiding citizens own them then they become "those evil black Military assault weapons"!

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lv2213frs June 23 2014 at 9:50 PM

They were a freak show and would be thrilled at the amount of attention they received for their final evil act. I hope their family buried them in unmarked graves in a secret location so that they may be forgotten forever.

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estygal4 lv2213frs June 23 2014 at 11:51 PM

Put them out with the garbage. Dump them in a landfill .

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bs12157 lv2213frs June 24 2014 at 12:23 AM

It's kind of amazing, the media had nothing about their families, but have put them out there alot..

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Ben June 23 2014 at 9:46 PM

Why is it that when a private person owns an AR-15 it's described in the media as an assault rifle. When police have one it's just called a rifle? I believe the diapers were ment to garner more attention as it did for a lady in a past story. Sorry for the deaths in this scene. Not good for anybody.

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cashwellrp June 23 2014 at 10:01 PM

IMO This story is still not ready for publication, not all of the little facts go together yet. If Columbo were to read this story right now he would give his famous,"Just one more question".

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thinktruefreedom cashwellrp June 23 2014 at 11:29 PM

Thats because this story and many of the posting on here are made up. These are scripted to steer the division between people. They are posting a obvious two sided dialog to make the weak minded choose between being a tin foil hat wearing diaper wearing weirdo gun nut, or a left wing gun control call other people names to make themselves feel superior naive jellyfish.

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musikfanat thinktruefreedom June 23 2014 at 11:56 PM

My, you are a real genius-NOT!

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Karen thinktruefreedom June 24 2014 at 1:52 AM

Every time I see one of your postings; I just crack up. You are so freakin' full of it.

You think everything involving a gun is a "hoax". No dead cops, no dead children, blah, blah, blah.

You are an idiot and need professional help with that problem of yours.

You have seriously got a screw loose.

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Sabot cashwellrp June 23 2014 at 11:52 PM

I do agree with that too......seems like there is more to it, with all of the planning and logistics the whole thing was not carried out very well. Maybe it was the disruppution by the Armed Citizen, that threw it out of timing!

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Karen Sabot June 24 2014 at 1:54 AM

You mean the DEAD armed citizen?

Yeah; that worked out well for the "armed citizen", didn't it...................

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Claggitt Sabot June 24 2014 at 3:02 AM

The "armed citizen" never got a shot off

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