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Cop killers had three earlier encounters with Metro

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Updated: 6/11 1:14 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) — Jerad Miller had three “contacts” with police before Sunday’s deadly shooting of Metro Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Saldo at a restaurant, according to information released today by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Meantime, a Metro officer who was involved in the shootout where Miller and his wife, Amanda, died discovered after returning home that he had a wound in his upper right thigh, which was hit by a piece of shrapnel.

“How he received that, I’m not prepared to answer at this time,” Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said.

The couple’s first contact with local law enforcement occurred in February when Miller was stopped in Boulder City after law enforcement officials learned that he had made “threatening remarks” to employees at the Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles, which had suspended his driver’s license.

“The suspect in this case was very angry and very frustrated … was not able to get any answers as to why (his) license was suspended,” McMahill said. “At that point our detectives made a determination that probable cause did not warrant an arrest. There was no anti-government or anti-police descriptions described at that point. That case was then closed.”

The second contact with the Millers occurred April 10 when Metro officers were dispatched to the couple’s apartment to investigate a report of battery domestic violence.

“They provided voluntary statements to our office and had a lot of interaction with uniformed police officers,” McMahill said. “We have determined that there was nothing that stood out that indicated they were anti-police.”

The third occurred May 31 when the Millers provided statements about the sexual assault of one of their friends. McMahill noted that the couple was not involved in the incident.

Three weapons were involved in the shooting of the police officers at Cici’s Pizza at Stewart Avenue and Nellis Boulevard and the shootout that led to the couple’s death at a nearby Walmart – an unregistered Smith & Wesson; a revolver that Amanda Miller purchased in Lafayette, Ind.; and a pump shotgun with a pistol whip, which also was bought in Indiana.

McMahill addressed questions about the couple’s political ideology, which led Jerad Miller to Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville during Bundy’s recent stand-off with the Bureau of Land Management.

“Because an individual may online espouse ideology that is anti-government or anti-police that doesn’t make them translate into a murderer,” the assistant sheriff said. “What happened to change these two people into murderers, we don’t know. We are working diligently to find out.”


 

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