people, including two police, dead in Las Vegas ambush shooting
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[June 09, 2014]
By Alexia Shurmur
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - An armed man and
woman shouting about a "revolution" opened fire and killed two Las Vegas
policemen who were eating lunch in a pizza parlor on Sunday, then
fatally shot a civilian in a nearby Wal-Mart store before killing
themselves, police said.
The two uniformed patrol officers, later identified as Alyn Beck,
41, and Igor Soldo, 31 - both family men - were ambushed without
provocation shortly before 11:30 a.m. local time inside a CiCi's
Pizza shop, authorities said.
One of the two officers managed to return gunfire before the
suspects fled to an adjacent Wal-Mart, where they killed a bystander
inside the front door, then exchanged gunfire with police who
pursued them further into the store, Clark County Sheriff Douglas
Moments later, the female suspect shot her accomplice to death, then
took her own life, Gillespie told reporters at a late-afternoon news
A city police spokeswoman, Laura Meltzer, earlier told Reuters the
two suspects died after they "engaged in what is being described as
a suicide pact."
She also said the suspects had grabbed the fallen officers' weapons
before fleeing to the Wal-Mart, which Gillespie confirmed.
Meltzer said preliminary information received by police at the
scene, showed one or both of the suspects had yelled a statement,
"This is a revolution" as they carried out the initial attack.
Gillespie said in the statement this was unconfirmed.
He said investigators were also at a loss to explain the attack.
"What precipitated this event we do not know. My officers were
simply having lunch when the shooting started," he said.
He added: "It's a tragic day, a very difficult day. But we still
have a community to police, and we still have a community to
protect. We will be out there doing it with our heads held high but
an emptiness in our hearts."
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He said no information was being released about the identity of the
slain bystander, though the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the
victim was a woman.
Gillespie said the two slain officers had been on routine patrol in
the East Las Vegas area when they stopped for lunch.
The Review-Journal, citing an unnamed law enforcement official
briefed on the incident, reported that the female suspect approached
one policeman from behind and shot him in the head as he was
refilling his soft drink, then shot the second several times as
tried to draw his pistol.
Beck had been with the police department since August 2001 and was
married, with three children. Soldo had been on the force since
April 2006 and was married, with a baby.
(Additional reporting by Karen Brooks from Austin, Texas, and Steve
Gorman from Los Angeles; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Eric
Walsh and Clarence Fernandez)
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