Couple who killed 2 Las Vegas officers, 1 civilian ‘held extremist views’

LAS VEGAS — A married couple yelling “revolution” gunned down two Las Vegas police officers at a pizza restaurant, then ran across the parking lot to a Walmart, where they killed a shopper at the store’s entrance.

The duo’s Sunday morning shooting rampage ended when the wife fatally shot the husband and then herself as police closed in.

Alyn Beck, 41

Alyn Beck, 41

A day later, police don’t know — or haven’t disclosed — the pair’s motive. Witnesses told police the shooters said “This is a revolution” during their attack.

A law enforcement source told CNN the couple held extremist views toward law enforcement.

Late Sunday night, police — black bands around their badges in mourning — cordoned off the area outside an apartment in downtown Las Vegas. Neighbors say the couple lived there and that police had deployed a flash grenade at the home.

Authorities, however, deferred all questions to a news conference they have scheduled for 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET).

“This was a senseless and cruel act killing three innocent people,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. “Two who dedicated their lives to protecting all of us in our community and one who was innocently going about her daily life.”

‘Simply having lunch’

The pair began their attack about 11:20 a.m. when they opened fire inside a CiCi’s Pizza where the officers were eating lunch.

“I just sat down to have lunch. The officers were sitting in front of me, at the table right next to me — and this man came in out of nowhere,” a dazed Sheree Burns told CNN affiliate KTNV.

Igor Soldo, 31

Igor Soldo, 31

“I thought he was going to get a drink, the way he walked up and walked past them. And then he turned around, pulled a gun on his right and shot the bald officer in front of me.”

The slain officers are Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31. Both were married with children: Beck left behind a wife and three children; Soldo, a wife and a baby.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie said one officer was able to return fire.

“What precipitated this event, we do not know,” he said. “My officers were simply having lunch.”

The suspects took the officers’ guns and ammunition, Assistant Sheriff Kevin MacMahill told reporters. They “made a statement — something to the effect of, ‘This is a revolution.'”

‘That man was crazy’

As they walked out, they passed Alvaro Lopez.

“They had a backpack and I saw a gun in their hand,” Lopez told CNN affiliate KLAS. “He just told me to tell the cops that it was a revolution and that he’d just killed two cops inside CiCis.”

The pair ran over to a Walmart across the parking lot. At the store’s entrance, they killed a woman. Her name has not yet been released.

Shoppers rushed toward the exit.

Pauline Pacheco saw the armed man and grabbed her father.

“We saw when the man was walking,” she told KLAS. “He was shouting, yelling bad words, and suddenly he had a gun.

“It was terrible, it was terrible. That man was crazy.”

Officers converged and exchanged fire.

The pair retreated to the back of the store and took their own lives. MacMahill, the assistant sheriff, called it a “suicide pact.”

‘Emptiness in our heart’

Las Vegas law enforcement aren’t immune to officers falling in the line of duty. But to have two die in a single incident has left the department shocked and shaken more than usual.

Both Walmart and CiCi’s issued statements of condolences, as did lawmakers.

Patrol officers in the city usually work alone. But, at least for the next few days, they will be riding in pairs, Gillespie said.

“We still have a community to police and we still have a community to protect,” he said Sunday night. “We will be out there doing it with our heads held high but with an emptiness in our heart.”

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6 comments

  • Scarfoot

    Condolences to the LVPD.

    I hear people complain all the time about how the police pull them over and treat them as though they are dangerous criminals. Maybe this will help those people understand why. The officers do not know who you are and you could harm them just as easily as this pair did. Sad that our society is breaking down like this.

    • FaithC

      I have seen comments on here tearing up the police department of one town or another. Yet these are the same people who will be the first to call 911 if they need help. These men and woman go out every day and never know who they will pull over in a traffic stop, or what kind of a call they will have to respond to. Or when they may run into a nut case like these shooters.
      They were targeted because they were cops. Why they shot the woman at Walmart, who knows. Thoughts out to the families of all involved. RIP

    • JT

      I’ll tell you what I read in the Vegas paper–according to friends and neighbors, they talked a lot about anti-government militia groups they admired, bragged about being at the Bundy ranch stand-off, mentioned white supremacy more than once, talked frequently about hating the president/Obamacare, and often bragged about how many guns they owned. According to witnesses, they draped a Gadsden flag (the snake “Don’t Tread On Me” thing) over the dead cops they shot after they took the cops’ weapons. Not to put too fine a point on it, they were garden-variety Tea Party members.

      • Joust

        Gareden variety Tea party members?? You are obviously ignorant to what the Tea Party believes and are a flat out liar for trying to connect the two.

        Left wing trash.

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