(TheBlaze/AP) — The couple who allegedly killed two Las Vegas police officers and another person before committing suicide on Sunday were apparently strong supporters Cliven Bundy, the controversial Nevada rancher who engaged in a tense standoff with the federal government earlier this year.
On Monday, new local news footage emerged of one of the alleged killers speaking at the Bundy ranch. The couple, identified as Jerad and Amanda Miller, were reportedly told to leave the Bundy ranch after it became known that Jerad was a felon.
“I feel sorry for any federal agents that want to come in here and try to push us around, or something like that,” Miller said in the April interview. “I really don’t want violence toward them, but if they’re going to come bring violence to us — well, if that’s the language they want to speak, we’ll learn it.”
Miller later complained about being asked to leave the Bundy ranch due to his past felony conviction for auto theft.
“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,” Jerad Miller reportedly wrote on Facebook. “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.”
Fox News’ Shep Smith reported on Monday that some at the Bundy ranch also labeled the Miller couple “annoying.”
Police say Jerad and Amanda Miller draped a Gadsden flag over the bodies of their victims and proclaimed their murderous act part of a “revolution.”
In a June 2 Facebook post, Jerad also reportedly talked about “preparing for war.”
“We can hope for peace. We must, however, prepare for war. We face an enemy that is not only well funded, but who believe they fight for freedom and justice. Those of us who know the truth and dare speak it, know that the enemy we face are indeed our brothers. Even though they share the same masters as we all do,” he reportedly wrote. “They fail to recognize the chains that bind them. To stop this oppression, I fear, can only be accomplished with bloodshed. May the best men of our beloved nation stand and fight tyranny, without fear and without regret. May we stand proud as free men instead of kneeling as slaves.”
Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the Millers had ideology shared by “militia and white supremacists,” including the belief that law enforcement was the “oppressor.”
Police believe the shootings were an isolated act, not part of a broader conspiracy to target law enforcement, McMahill said.
Ammon Bundy, one of Cliven Bundy’s sons, said by telephone that the Millers were at his father’s ranch for a few days this spring before they were asked to leave by militia members for unspecified “conduct” problems. He called the couple “very radical” and said they “did not align themselves” with the beliefs of other protesters, who thwarted a roundup of Cliven Bundy’s cattle by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which wants to collect more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties.
While thousands of people have been to the site over the last couple of months, “Not very many people were asked to leave. I think they may have been the only ones,” Ammon Bundy said.
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.
Mother Jones has flagged two videos allegedly showing Jerad Miller interviewing people at the Bundy ranch:
On Sunday, the two Las Vegas police officers killed by the couple 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.
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, eventually reaching the strip mall, about 5 miles away.
Around 11:20 a.m., Jerad Miller went briefly into the restaurant, then left and got his wife, leaving their backpacks outside.
When they returned, the two officers were sitting in a booth. Jerad Miller fatally shot Soldo in the back of his head. As his partner tried to react, Miller shot him once 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.
Pulling the mortally wounded officers from the booth, they took their guns and ammunition and put a yellow Gadsden flag featuring the phrase “Don’t tread on me” and a swastika on Beck’s body. The flag, with its roots in the American Revolution, is a symbol for anti-government groups. Police said they believe the swastika was intended to paint police as Nazis, not necessarily as an expression of the Millers’ own white-supremacist views.
The couple also told restaurant patrons that their act was “the beginning of the revolution,” the same message as a note they left at the restaurant.
The couple went next to a Wal-Mart about a block away, 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 – not realizing that Amanda Miller was his accomplice. Wilcox went from the checkout area to Miller and pulled his concealed firearm. But before he could fire, Amanda Miller shot him in the ribs and Wilcox collapsed.
“Joseph died trying to protect others,” Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.
By now, police had arrived, and two five-officer teams entered the massive store. Near the back, one team confronted the Millers, and exchanged fire. At one point, Jerad Miller tried to blast a rear emergency exit door open with a shotgun, but police had blocked it with a car and he could not escape.
By looking at the store’s surveillance camera feeds, an officer saw that Jerad Miller had built a makeshift barricade around his wife.
As police closed in, Amanda Miller shot her husband several times with a handgun, killing him. She then shot herself in the head. When officers arrived, she was still breathing, and was taken to the hospital. She later died.
Police found hundreds more rounds of unspent ammunition in the Millers’ bags.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.