Metro Police officers at the scene outside the Wal-Mart
store. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
An armed man and woman shouting about a "revolution"
opened fire and killed two Las Vegas policemen who were eating
lunch in a pizza parlour, then fatally shot a civilian in a
nearby Wal-Mart store before killing themselves, police said.
The two uniformed patrol officers, later identified as Alyn
Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31 - both family men - were
ambushed without provocation shortly before 11:30am on Sunday
(local time) inside a CiCi's Pizza shop, authorities said.
One of the two officers managed to return gunfire before the
suspects fled to an adjacent Wal-Mart, where they killed a
bystander inside the front door, then exchanged gunfire with
police who pursued them further into the store, Clark County
Sheriff Douglas Gillespie said.
Moments later, the female suspect shot her accomplice to
death, then took her own life, Gillespie told reporters at a
late-afternoon news conference.
A city police spokeswoman, Laura Meltzer, earlier told
Reuters the two suspects died after they "engaged in what is
being described as a suicide pact."
She also said the suspects had grabbed the fallen officers'
weapons before fleeing to the Wal-Mart, which Gillespie
Meltzer said preliminary information received by police at
the scene, showed one or both of the suspects had yelled a
statement, "This is a revolution" as they carried out the
initial attack. Gillespie said in the statement this was
He said investigators were also at a loss to explain the
"What precipitated this event we do not know. My officers
were simply having lunch when the shooting started," he said.
He added: "It's a tragic day, a very difficult day. But we
still have a community to police, and we still have a
community to protect. We will be out there doing it with our
heads held high but an emptiness in our hearts."
He said no information was being released about the identity
of the slain bystander, though the Las Vegas Review-Journal
reported the victim was a woman.
Gillespie said the two slain officers had been on routine
patrol in the East Las Vegas area when they stopped for
The Review-Journal, citing an unnamed law enforcement
official briefed on the incident, reported that the female
suspect approached one policeman from behind and shot him in
the head as he was refilling his soft drink, then shot the
second several times as tried to draw his pistol.
Beck had been with the police department since August 2001
and was married, with three children. Soldo had been on the
force since April 2006 and was married, with a baby.