Police: Cop killers heavily armed, wore diapers

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Police: Cop killers heavily armed, wore diapers
FILE - This file photo combination made with undated photos provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Jerad Miller, left, and his wife, Amanda Miller. The couple ambushed two Las Vegas police officers and killed a Wal-Mart shopper before they were killed earlier this month in a back corner of the store were well-armed with handguns, a shotgun and ammunition including armor-piercing bullets. According to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie who said Monday, June 23, 2014, the two suspects who died June 8 after a 15-minute shootout with SWAT officers even broke into a Wal-Mart ammunition display to replenish their ammunition. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, File)
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie speaks at a news conference Monday, June 23, 2014 in Las Vegas. Gillespie spoke about the June 8, 2014 shooting rampage by a married couple who killed two patrol officers and a man who tried to pull his own legal concealed weapon before he was killed in a Wal-Mart store. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie speaks at a news conference Monday, June 23, 2014 in Las Vegas. The head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spoke about a June 8, 2014 shootout where two of his officers and a bystander were killed. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie speaks at a news conference Monday, June 23, 2014 in Las Vegas. Gillespie spoke about the June 8, 2014 shooting rampage by a married couple who killed two patrol officers and a man who tried to pull his own legal concealed weapon before he was killed in a Wal-Mart store. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas police bow their heads during a memorial service for Joseph Wilcox at Palm Downtown Mortuary on Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Las Vegas. Wilcox went for his own legal and concealed handgun after a couple killed Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck at a nearby pizza shop and walked into a Wal-Mart, fired a shot in the air, and declared the start of a revolution two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, David Becker, Pool)
An urn containing the remains of Joseph Wilcox is displayed during a memorial service for him at Palm Downtown Mortuary on Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Las Vegas. Wilcox went for his own legal and concealed handgun after a couple killed Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck at a nearby pizza shop and walked into a Wal-Mart, fired a shot in the air, and declared the start of a revolution two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, David Becker, Pool)
Debra Wilcox, mother of of Joseph Wilcox, exits the chapel after a memorial service for her son at Palm Downtown Mortuary on Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Las Vegas. Wilcox went for his own legal and concealed handgun after a couple killed Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck at a nearby pizza shop and walked into a Wal-Mart, fired a shot in the air, and declared the start of a revolution two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, David Becker, Pool)
Las Vegas police Lt. Robert Smith, of the honor guard, presents an American flag during a memorial service for Joseph Wilcox at Palm Downtown Mortuary on Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Las Vegas. Wilcox went for his own legal and concealed handgun after a couple killed Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck at a nearby pizza shop and walked into a Wal-Mart, fired a shot in the air, and declared the start of a revolution two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, David Becker, Pool)
Debra Wilcox, mother of Joseph Wilcox, wipes her eyes during a memorial service at Palm Downtown Mortuary on Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Las Vegas. Wilcox went for his own legal and concealed handgun after a couple killed Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck at a nearby pizza shop and walked into a Wal-Mart, fired a shot in the air, and declared the start of a revolution two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, David Becker, Pool)
Family members of Joseph Wilcox exit the chapel after a memorial service at Palm Downtown Mortuary on Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Las Vegas. Wilcox went for his own legal and concealed handgun after a couple killed Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck at a nearby pizza shop and walked into a Wal-Mart, fired a shot in the air, and declared the start of a revolution two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, David Becker, Pool)
This undated file image provided courtesy of Jeremy Tanner, shows Las Vegas shooting victim Joseph Wilcox. A community that has mourned two Las Vegas police officers killed by a couple on a shooting rampage two weeks ago gathered again to eulogize Wilcox, a 31-year-old man hailed as a hero for dying while trying to stop the rampage. (AP Photo/Jeremy Tanner)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill, right, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Las Vegas. On the left of McMahill is Sheriff Dough Gillespie. Police showed a short surveillance video of suspects Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller in a Wal-Mart during a shootout with police. The couple shot and killed two officers who were on their lunch break at a pizza parlor, on June 8, then went to a nearby Wal-Mart, where Amanda Miller killed a shopper who confronted her husband before police arrived. After a gun battle inside the store, Amanda Miller fatally shot her husband and then herself, police said. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill speaks during a news conference Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Las Vegas. Police showed a short surveillance video of suspects Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller in a Wal-Mart during a shootout with police. The couple shot and killed two officers who were on their lunch break at a pizza parlor, on June 8, then went to a nearby Wal-Mart, where Amanda Miller killed a shopper who confronted her husband before police arrived. After a gun battle inside the store, Amanda Miller fatally shot her husband and then herself, police said. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Doug Gillespie attends a news conference Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Las Vegas. Police showed a short surveillance video of suspects Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller in a Wal-Mart during a shootout with police. The couple shot and killed two officers who were on their lunch break at a pizza parlor, on June 8, then went to a nearby Wal-Mart, where Amanda Miller killed a shopper who confronted her husband before police arrived. After a gun battle inside the store, Amanda Miller fatally shot her husband and then herself, police said. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill points to a surveillance video during a news conference on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Las Vegas. The video shows suspects Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller in a Wal-Mart during a shootout with police. The couple shot and killed two officers who were on their lunch break at a pizza parlor, on June 8, then went to a nearby Wal-Mart, where Amanda Miller killed a shopper who confronted her husband before police arrived. After a gun battle inside the store, Amanda Miller fatally shot her husband and then herself, police said. (AP Photo/John Locher)
This combination made with undated photos provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Jerad Miller, left, and his wife, Amanda Miller. Investigators are looking into whether the Millers, who shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers and a third person over the weekend, had been at Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch during a standoff earlier this year, police said Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill speaks during a news conference Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Las Vegas. Police showed a short surveillance video of suspects Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller in a Wal-Mart during a shootout with police. The couple shot and killed two officers who were on their lunch break at a pizza parlor, on June 8, then went to a nearby Wal-Mart, where Amanda Miller killed a shopper who confronted her husband before police arrived. After a gun battle inside the store, Amanda Miller fatally shot her husband and then herself, police said. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Sheriff Doug Gillespie speaks during a news conference, Monday, June 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. Police say two police officers, along with a bystander, were killed by suspects Jerad and Amanda Miller yesterday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill, center, speaks during a news conference, Monday, June 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. Police say two police officers, along with a bystander, were killed by Jerad and Amanda Miller yesterday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Pictures of suspects Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller are on display during a news conference, Monday, June 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. Police say two police officers, along with a bystander, were killed by Jerad and Amanda Miller yesterday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Sheriff Doug Gillespie speaks during a news conference, Monday, June 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. Police say two police officers, along with a bystander, were killed by suspects Jerad and Amanda Miller yesterday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Sheriff Doug Gillespie wears a black band across his badge during a news conference, Monday, June 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. Police say two police officers, along with a bystander, were killed by suspects Jerad and Amanda Miller yesterday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers were black bands over their badges during a news conference Monday, June 9, 2014 in Las Vegas. Police say two police officers, along with a bystander, were killed by suspects Jerad and Amanda Miller yesterday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Doug Gillespie stands by pictures of Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller during a news conference Monday, June 9, 2014 in Las Vegas. Police say two police officers, along with a bystander, were killed by Jerad and Amanda Miller yesterday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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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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