A couple who ambushed and killed two police officers and another man on Sunday may have been planning a larger attack on an unidentified court building, but police said Monday the two appeared to be working alone and not part of a larger plot.
During a news conference late this morning, senior police officials called the attack an isolated incident, but said officers will be take extra precautions as they patrol the valley in the coming days.
The next-door neighbor and friend of Jerad and Amanda Miller was holding documents for for the couple that included detailed plans to take over a courthouse and execute public officials.
The file box full of documents, along with three empty rifle cases and an empty box for handcuffs, were confiscated by investigators during a search of Kelley Fielder’s apartment at 110 South Bruce.
Fielder lived next door to the Millers and called them her “best friends.” She said she didn’t know they were “that crazy.”
The Millers simultaneously executed two Las Vegas police officers Sunday, according to a police official with knowledge of the investigation into the rampage that left two officers and a citizen dead, and the suicides of the Millers.
Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, were in their seats at CiCi’s Pizza, 309 N. Nellis Blvd., at about 11:20 a.m. Sunday when suspects, identified by sources as Jerad Miller, 31, and his wife Amanda, 22, entered the rear of the restaurant.
The police official said neither officer had a chance to return fire. The entire attack was caught on surveilance video, police said Monday.
Jerad Miller then covered the officers with the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me,” and placed a manifesto with a swastika symbol on one officer’s body.
The flag is named for Christopher Gadsden a Revolutionary War general who designed it. It has recently come back in vogue as an adopted symbol of the American tea party movement.
The couple had left their Bruce Street apartment about 4:30 a.m., telling neighbors they planned to murder cops, the official said. Police said they were armed with several handguns and a shotgun, and carried several hundred rounds of ammunition.
“He knew he wasn’t going to survive that day,” the official said. “Cops were going to die, and he was going to die.”
After the shooting, the couple headed toward a nearby Wal-Mart, where Jerad Miller was confronted by Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas. Wilcox was legally carrying a concealed pistol. Wilcox was unaware that Amanda Miller, who was pushing a shopping cart, was involved in the incident and “lying in wait,” the official said.
She slipped behind Wilcox and shot him at close range.
“He had no idea the wife was walking behind him,” the police official said of the murdered man. “This guy (Wilcox) was not some idiot with a gun. To me, he was a hero. He was trying to stop an active shooter.”
Police said this morning that Wilcox was killed without firing a shot.
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