AirTalk for June 9, 2014

Las Vegas violence: Police officers and bystander killed in ambush

las vegas police officer shooting

John Locher/AP

A Las Vegas police officer walks away from the scene of a shooting near a Wal-Mart on Sunday.

Police have identified the shooters in a Las Vegas attack that left two officers and a bystander dead. Las Vegas police say Jerad Miller, 31, and wife Amanda Miller, 22, walked into a Vegas pizzeria yesterday gunning down two cops, then walked to a neighboring Walmart where they killed a man, then carried out an apparent suicide pact, with Amanda Miller shooting her husband then herself.  

After the Millers killed the officers, they draped a “Don’t tread on me” flag on the officers and a swastika. Today, Las Vegas Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill downplayed media speculation linking these suspects to white power movements.

McMahill said, “We believe at this point with the swastika, we don't necessarily believe that they are white supremacists or associated with the Nazi movement. We believe they equate government and law-enforcement fascism [sic] and those who support it with Nazis. In other words, they believe that law enforcement is the oppressors and they’re associated with the Nazi movement.”

Neighbors said the Millers were known to be anti-government and bragged about a gun collection and spending time at cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents.

Guest: 

Brian Nordli, Breaking News Reporter, Las Vegas Sun

Brian Levin, Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino


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