1. Updated — June 11, 1:41 p.m. ET
2. On Sunday, husband and wife Jerad Miller, 31, and Amanda Miller, 22, shot and killed two police officers who were eating lunch in a Las Vegas CiCi’s Pizza restaurant in what police described as an ambush-style attack.
Onlookers told police that Jerad proclaimed, “This is the start of a revolution,” as he shot the officers, Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31. The couple then took the officers’ guns and ammunition into a nearby Walmart and fatally shot a bystander, Joseph Wilcox, 31, in the store. Police initially reported that Amanda shot and killed her husband then turned the gun on herself, but now it appears that Jerad was killed by police gunfire.
3. According to police, after killing the cops, Jerad covered each of the slain officers with the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner featuring a coiled snake and the words “Don’t Tread on Me,” and placed swastikas on the officers’ bodies.
Police said Monday they cannot say for sure if the Millers were engaging in actions linked to white supremacy ideals or if the swastikas represent the couple equating law enforcement personnel with Nazis and fascism.
Police said the attackers pinned a note on one of the officers stating this was the beginning of the revolution.
5. Jerad Miller, a self-identifying “Patriot” and revolutionary, may have alluded to Sunday’s attack in several of his Facebook posts leading up to the day of the shooting.
6. Jerad frequently railed against the government, gun control, immigration reform, and the police.
His Facebook “likes” include The Patriot Party, NRA, U.S. conservative politicians Rand and Ron Paul, and Operation “American Spring,” which is described as an event that was staged for May 2014 with the aim to “restore our Ninth and Tenth Amendment laws to FULL FORCE and AFFECT to return all of the Federal usurpation of powers and spending back to the States and the people.”
7. Jerad’s Facebook profile photo is associated with the growing antigovernment “Patriot” movement, where groups define themselves as opposed to the “New World Order” or a global plan of government to strip citizens’ of their rights.
A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center identified 1,096 antigovernment “Patriot” groups that were active in 2013 — 240 were characterized as militias.
8. Amanda Miller identified herself on Facebook as head of Needlework Dept. at Hobby Lobby. She liked some of the same pages on Facebook as Jerad, including pro-gun groups the National Association for Gun Rights and Gun Control Kills.
10. Law enforcement officials said Monday that they were looking into reports that the Millers went to the Bundy ranch near Bunkerville, Nev., in April. Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon, confirmed to the AP that the Millers were at the ranch earlier in the year.
Police officials said Monday at a press conference that the Millers hoped to join the militia standoff with federal agents who were trying to remove Cliven Bundy’s cattle from federal land.
11. A video of a local news report from the Bundy ranch in April features comments from a man identified as “Jarad Miller,” suggesting that if law enforcement “brought violence” to the ranch then protesters would retaliate.
12. Police believe the Millers were kicked out of the Bundy ranch due to Jerad’s criminal background. Jerad is a convicted felon, charged with vehicle theft offenses in the state of Washington.
13. Last March, Jerad Miller uploaded a video to YouTube titled “Would George Washington use an AK?” in which he says that if George Washington and the troops had the AK-47 during the Revolutionary War then the AK-47 would be on the U.S. flag.
14. On May 2, Jerad Miller posted on Facebook that he would “willingly die for liberty” and alluded to what he called the “suicide by cop routine.”
15. This was Jerad Miller’s last Facebook post on June 7, one day before the attack.
- The Army Corps of Engineers and North Dakota police have ordered protesters to leave the Dakota Access Pipeline site by this afternoon or face arrest.
- Seven Earth-sized planets that could have water and possibly sustain life have been discovered orbiting a dwarf star, NASA announced today.
- The ACLU is suing the city of Milwaukee and its police for allegedly performing thousands of illegal stop-and-frisk searches that targeted minorities.
- #Peggygate: West Elm offers full refunds for the notoriously disintegrating Peggy Couch days after pulling it from its website and stores👏