WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — There is new information released by police Wednesday concerning the Las Vegas shootings that involved Jerad and Amanda Miller from Lafayette, Ind.
During a news conference Wednesday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a portion of Sunday’s shootout with officers inside the Walmart. The video shows the Miller’s both lying on the ground of an aisle inside the store just before Amanda commits suicide.
Investigators have determined that Jerad was killed by a bullet from a gun fired by police, he was not killed by Amanda. They say the entry wound location, as well as the information from the person monitoring the surveillance video, was the reason for the initial wrong conclusion.
“In regards to our male suspect, the cause and manner of death as ruled by the coroner is a homicide as a result of police gunfire,” Las Vegas Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said. “That is a dramatic difference from what we discussed in our previous press conference.”
Las Vegas police also released that they had three encounters with Jerad and Amanda during their time in Nevada before they went off on their rampage Sunday.
Officers said they spoke to the Millers three times before Sunday’s shootings. In February, they interviewed Jerad after he threatened the Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles saying he would shoot anyone who tried to arrest him for having a suspended driver’s license.
In April, they were interviewed as witnesses to a domestic violence incident. The last interaction was on May 31, just 8 days before the shootings. They made voluntary statements to police as part of a sexual assault investigation involving an acquaintance.
Police said none of the incidents warranted further investigation.
“There is some very graphic video, both at the CiCi’s location and the Walmart location,” McMahill said. “The video shows you how exactly how ruthless and coldblooded these murderers were.”
Investigators also told the media Wednesday more about the guns which were used in the incident. Las Vegas police reported that one of the guns involved in Sunday’s shootings was purchased by Amanda Miller in Lafayette.
Investigators said three guns were used in the shootings — a 9 mm handgun that was neither registered nor reported stolen, a pump action shotgun with a pistol grip that was bought in Indiana, and a .38-caliber revolver that police said Amanda bought in Lafayette.
McMahill said the revolver was also not registered.
“I will not release to you at this time where that weapon was purchased, or how she came into possession of that weapon, because that remains an ongoing investigation,” McMahill said. “I beg for your indulgence on that. We need to find that information, and we need to vet it thoroughly.”
According to documents from the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, Jerad is a convicted felon meaning he was not allowed to own a firearm.