Neighbors in an apartment complex where the two suspects lived said they “had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views” and boasted about their gun collection, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The newspaper reported that residents of the apartment complex who spoke about the suspects also brought up the couple’s relationship with Bundy Ranch, where the two bragged about being present for the standoff between militia members and the Bureau of Land Management.
More from the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the horrific events that took place on Sunday:
The suspects who killed two police officers and a third person before killing themselves Sunday simultaneously executed the officers, according to a source with knowledge of the shooting. Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, were in their seats at CiCi’s Pizza, 309 N. Nellis Blvd., at about 11:20 a.m. Sunday when suspects, identified by sources as Jerad Miller, 31, and his wife Amanda, age unknown, entered the rear of the restaurant. The police official said neither officer had a chance to return fire, an account that differs from Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s statements in the immediate hours following the shooting. Jerad Miller then covered the officers with the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me,” and placed a manifesto with a swastika symbol on one officer’s body. The flag is named for Christopher Gadsden a Revolutionary War general who designed it. It has recently come back in vogue as an adopted symbol of the American tea party movement.
It appears that the couple moved to Nevada to join up with militia groups at Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville, NV ranch. Also from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
The official said both Millers went to the Bundy Ranch near Bunkerville in April, hoping to join a militia standoff with federal agents who were trying to roundup Cliven Bundy’s cattle. On his Google+ account, Jerad Miller said he was shunned by the Bundy Ranch group for being a felon. He posted that he and Amanda “sold everything” they had and quit their jobs to go to the ranch. More from Miller’s google plus account responding to him getting kicked off the Bundy ranch. “As far as I am concerned my government is a fascist enemy,”….”My family has bled for this nation and our freedoms and I will not let their sacrifice go unanswered without my own sacrifice.”
While the militia leaders rejected the Millers, they attracted them to southern Nevada.