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2 officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas shooting

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:52 p.m. HST, Jun 08, 2014

LAS VEGAS >> Two suspects shot and killed two police officers in an ambush at a Las Vegas restaurant Sunday before fatally shooting a third person and killing themselves inside a nearby Wal-Mart, authorities said.

A man and woman walked into CiCi's Pizza and shot at point-blank range Officers Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32, who were eating lunch, Las Vegas police officials said. One of the officers was able to fire back before he died, but it's unclear if he hit the suspects, Sheriff Doug Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.

One of the suspects yelled, "This is a revolution," but the motive for the shooting remains under investigation, Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield told The Associated Press. He added that "we don't know anything about the suspects yet."

After shooting the officers, the suspects fled to the Wal-Mart across the street, where they fatally shot a person inside the front door and exchanged gunfire with police before killing themselves in an apparent suicide pact, police said.

The female suspect shot the male suspect before killing herself, Gillespie said. The victim's identity hasn't been confirmed, and the suspects' names haven't been released. Both officers were taken to the hospital, but it was unclear if they died there or at the scene.

"It's a tragic day," Gillespie said. "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 with an emptiness in our hearts.

Pauline Pacheco was shopping at Wal-Mart when she saw the armed man and grabbed her father to escape, KLAS-TV reported.

"We saw when the man was walking, he was shouting, yelling bad words, and suddenly he had a gun," she told the station. "It was terrible, it was terrible. That man was crazy."

Clark County Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the male suspect yelled "everyone get out" before shooting at Wal-Mart. The suspects then walked to the back of the store.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement he was devastated by the murders of the two officers and an innocent bystander in an "act of senseless violence."

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said in a statement that the "pain was evident and clear" among police gathered at University Medical Center.

"Their resolve was greater than ever to serve our community with loyalty, dedication and to honor the memory of their two comrades and friends," she said.

Wal-Mart employees and shoppers were taken to a nearby clothing store to be interviewed by police. The restaurant and Wal-Mart remained closed as detectives processed evidence. McMahill said the investigation is "very complex" because it involves more than 1,000 witnesses.

Wal-Mart issued a statement saying it's working with police on the investigation.

"We express our deepest condolences to everyone who has been affected by this senseless act of violence," company spokesman Brooke Buchanan said.

Martin reported from Reno, Nev.

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melane3 wrote:
Another day, another massacre. Just a typical day in the USA.
on June 8,2014 | 01:08PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
The U.S. is responsible for 80% off all firearm deaths in the developed world. So much for the "guns don't kill people" fallacy.
on June 8,2014 | 04:48PM
soundofreason wrote:
From the LV newspaper....."One unconfirmed report is that the two exchanged gunfire with a citizen who was carrying a concealed weapon, and that one of the shooters was injured."
on June 8,2014 | 05:08PM
HD36 wrote:
2.5 million Americans use guns to defend themselves' each year. Out of that, 400,000 believe if not for their firearms, they would have been dead.
on June 8,2014 | 07:21PM
serious wrote:
True, but if you don't count Chicago, Detroit and DC we're near the bottom.
on June 9,2014 | 03:45AM
sailfish1 wrote:
You're right, ho hum. Who won the NBA game today?
on June 8,2014 | 06:03PM
krusha wrote:
Lucky we live in Hawaii where those gun deaths are rare with the tougher gun laws we have here.
on June 8,2014 | 06:36PM
localguy wrote:
Word is the NRA commented, "It is the God given right of every American to carry. Guns do not kill people. People kill people."
on June 8,2014 | 06:49PM
HD36 wrote:
As Ice T said, " I'll give up my guns when everybody else does. You gotta be stupid to be the unarmed these days. The right to bear arms is part of the Constitution because it's the last defense against tyranny. The police."
on June 8,2014 | 07:24PM
control wrote:
Dumb and dumber
on June 8,2014 | 11:28PM
piefala wrote:
nice,very nice.love it.
on June 8,2014 | 01:48PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
The news of thse 2 nuts is like ringing the dinner bell for the gun grabbers.
on June 8,2014 | 02:50PM
paniolo wrote:
They like kill people, tell them join the military and track down the terrorists.
on June 8,2014 | 04:08PM
BigErn wrote:
I'm comforted by the fact that these 2 losers are now getting sodomized in Hell for all eternity.
on June 8,2014 | 04:10PM
Kapaho wrote:
This will continue to happen until guns are outlawed but sadly that will never happen. If these crazy people want to kill, they should just kill each other, not innocent bystanders. So senseless.
on June 8,2014 | 06:53PM
HD36 wrote:
No, if you really want to kill a lot of people you'd be strapping explosives to your body and blowing yourself up in crowded places like they do in the middle east. You could just plow into a crowd. Then we'd have to ban cars.
on June 8,2014 | 07:26PM
environmental_lady wrote:
This comes to disprove LaPierre's statement that good guys with a gun can stop bad guys with a gun. Not when they are eating lunch with their backs to the wall (or door). From now on police officers will have to eat facing the door with their guns on the table ready to shoot.
on June 8,2014 | 07:07PM
HD36 wrote:
Then they'll come in strapped with explosives. Maybe they'll just plow a truck through the front window.
on June 8,2014 | 08:04PM
slowroll323 wrote:
Well, at least we can thank God and the NRA that guns "don't kill people" because if guns did kill people, this would have been a massacre. But, since they don't, let's reload and move on!
on June 8,2014 | 08:50PM
HD36 wrote:
The will come when there is chaos in the streets. Police won't respond to calls for days. (already happening in Detroit) The equalizer is all that may stand between you and death.
on June 8,2014 | 09:12PM
joeglick wrote:
Could we get 1 kill free day per year ?
on June 9,2014 | 02:23AM
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