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Gillespie: Gun battle with cop killers lasted 15 minutes

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 6/23/2014 10:14 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV – The killers of Metro Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck were equipped for a protracted battle with responding police personnel, according to Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

The sheriff addressed the media today to reveal more details about the June 8 incident that killed Soldo, Beck and civilian Joseph Wilcox near Nellis and Stewart.

Gillespie said that after Wilcox was shot and killed at Walmart, Jerad and Amanda Miller went directly to the rear of the store, broke into an ammunition case in the sporting goods section to reload their weapons.

The first responding officer then arrived at the store and was directed by employees to the Millers’ location. The officer attempted to engage Jerad Miller, turned a corner, and encountered Amanda Miller. Amanda fired shots at the officer, and the officer fired back and struck Amanda once in the upper right shoulder.

The Millers then engaged other arriving officers in a gun battle that lasted approximately 15 minutes. During this exchange, Jerad Miller was fatally wounded by officers, and Amanda Miller shot herself in the head. Amanda was transported to the UMC Trauma Center where she was later pronounced deceased.

The investigation revealed the Millers were armed with several weapons to include a Ruger .38 Special hammerless revolver handgun, a Winchester Model 1300 Defender 12 gauge pistol grip pump shotgun, and a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

When they arrived at the Walmart, the Millers also had in their position two handguns with four magazines of ammunition. Both of these weapons and magazines were taken from Metro Officers Soldo and Beck, who were slain at Cici’s Pizza.

In addition to the weapons, the Millers were also carrying armor piercing ammunition, meals ready to eat (MREs), and were both wearing adult diapers.

Metro’s Force Investigation Team is currently investigating the use of force by our officers in this case. Their findings will be forwarded to the Clark County district attorney for review. The LVMPD Critical Incident Review Team examination will focus on policy, tactics and training as it relates to use of force.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521, or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or at

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