|Officer Alyn Beck, 41, and Officer Igor Soldo, 31.|
One of the shooters who ambushed two Las Vegas police officers and shot them to death at a pizzeria yelled “This is the start of a revolution!” before firing, witnesses told police.
The man and woman then sprayed bullets at a nearby Walmart, gunning down a third person, before killing themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.
The officers were eating lunch Sunday at a Cici’s Pizza when the shooters approached. Authorities said they stripped the dead officers of their weapons and ammunition before going across the street to continue the spree.
It was clear that the two shooters targeted the police officers, but why?
Here is more from the New York Daily News:
The shooters are thought to be a married couple in their late 20s who were new to the Las Vegas Valley, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Police are reportedly investigating links to the white supremacy movement, having found swastika symbols during their initial investigation.
One of them shouted, “This is the start of a revolution,” before killing one of the officers execution style as they refilled a soda, reports the Review-Journal.
The second officer was shot several times by the female shooter, but he returned fire, Gillespie said at a press conference. The officer later died at a local hospital while in surgery. Their bodies were escorted by a police motorcade to the coroner's office.
The killers stripped the officers’ of their weapons and ammunition, before covering the officers with something that featured the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me," according to the Review-Journal.
The flag was designed by Christopher Gadsden, a Revolutionary War general and statesman, in 1775. It was adopted as the symbol of the Tea Party Movement in 2009.
The two sovereign citizens then went into a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed another man who may have attempted to stop them with his concealed weapon (So much for a good guy with a gun stopping bad guys with guns.), before exchanging gunfire with the police, and eventually retreating to the back of the store where they killed themselves.
Now if you are picking up on the fact that his happened in Nevada, with two people identified as "sovereign citizens," and wondering if there might be a connection to recent events on the Bundy Ranch, well give yourself a gold star.
Courtesy of the Review-Journal:
The shooters were a married couple thought to be in their late 20s who were new to the Las Vegas Valley, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. Police are looking into their links to the white supremacy movement and found swastika symbols during their initial investigation.
Residents of the Bruce Street apartment complex gathered outside the building to talk about the couple whose unit was being searched.
Several neighbors identified the man as Jared, while one called the woman Amanda.
Like many of the neighbors contacted, Krista Koch said she didn’t know the couple’s last names. She described them as “militant.” They talked about planning to kill police officers, “going underground” and not coming out until the time was right to kill.
Brandon Monroe, 22, has lived in the complex for about two weeks. He said the man who lived in the apartment that was being searched often rambled about conspiracy theories. He often wore camouflage or dressed as Peter Pan to work as a Fremont Street Experience street performer. A woman lived with him, Monroe said, but he didn’t see her as often.
They were weird people, Monroe said, adding that he thought the couple used methamphetamines.
The man told Monroe he had been kicked off Cliven Bundy’s ranch 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas while people from throughout the U.S. gathered there in protest of a Bureau of Land Management roundup of Bundy’s cattle.
Kind of makes sense in way. After all the Bundy standoff brought all kinds of nuts out of the woodwork to congregate in a place where they felt their anti-government, and racist attitudes would be welcome.
But where did they go after?
Of course you know that the gun nuts and Bundy supporters are going to quickly identify this as a "false flag" operation by the government to undermine the 2nd Amendment and smear those who participated in the Bundy Ranch standoff right?
Oh yeah, count on it.
Update: You know if these two had not offed themselves they might have received a hosting slot on Fox News. They are certainly well within their demographic.
Update 2: What did I say?