LAS VEGAS: An armed man and woman shouting about a “revolution” opened fire and killed two Las Vegas policemen who were eating lunch in a pizza parlour 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 11:30am 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 Gillespie said.
Moments later, the female suspect shot her accomplice to death, then took her own life, Gillespie said. A city police spokeswoman, Laura Meltzer, earlier said that 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 this was unconfirmed.