LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Metro police source said a search is underway at the apartment complex believed to be the home of the alleged shooters. Police worked through the night to look for clues for what started a shooting rampage that shot and killed two of their officers.
Two Metro Police officers were killed at point-blank range while they ate lunch Sunday at a pizza restaurant in the northeast Las Vegas. The shooting suspects, a man and woman, also killed another person before taking their own lives, Metro Police said.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie identified the two officers as Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo. Both were shot at CiCi’s Pizza on North Nellis Boulevard near Stewart Avenue around 11:22 a.m.
“It is truly a tragic day here in the Las Vegas valley,” said Sheriff Doug Gillespie at an afternoon news conference. “We have lost two officers with young families.”
Beck, 41, had been employed with Metro since 2001 and leaves behind a wife and three children. Soldo, 31, has been employed with Metro since 2006 and leaves behind a wife and baby. Both officers were pronounced dead at University Medical Hospital.
According to police, a man and woman walked into a the restaurant at 309 N. Nellis and appeared to target the two Metro officers who were eating lunch. One person shot one officer in the head. The second person shot the second officer. One of the officers was able to shoot at the suspects.
Police say witnesses told them the suspects took the police officers’ guns and ammunition and, as they were walking out of the restaurant after the shooting, they said, ” tell the police the revolution has begun.”
The two suspects then left the restaurant and went into the Wal-Mart store across the street where they shot and killed a woman near the front doors, police said. Metro officers converged on the store and exchanged gunfire with the suspects. Minutes later, police heard more gunfire from the suspects. They believe the female suspect shot the male suspect and then turned the gun on herself. Both suspects died.
Pauline Pacheco, a shopper in Wal-Mart, saw the armed man and grabbed her father so they could escape.
“We saw when the man was walking, he was shouting, yelling bad words, and suddenly he had a gun,” she said. “It was terrible, it was terrible. That man was crazy.”
Metro Police has asked all of its officers to shroud their badges in honor of their fallen co-workers. They are also having officers double up in their squad cars so no officer is riding alone.
The woman shot at Wal-Mart had not been identified.
Gov. Brian Sandoval issued the following statement after the shooting:
“I am devastated by the news today of two officers and an innocent bystander who were murdered in an act of senseless violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. I am receiving regular updates with regard to this tragedy and local and state law enforcement are assisting at the scene.”
While the department has lost officers in recent years, the last officer to be killed while on duty was Sgt. Henry Prendes who was shot during a domestic dispute call in 2006.