A man and a woman ambushed two police officers eating lunch at a Las Vegas restaurant, fatally shooting them at point-blank range before fleeing to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, The New York Times reports.
The shooters walked into CiCi's Pizza and gunned down Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, Las Vegas police officials said. One of the officers was able to fire back before he died, but it's unclear if he hit the suspects, Sheriff Doug Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.
The female suspect is believed to have shot the male suspect before taking her own life, Sheriff Gillespie said. Larry Hadfield, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said earlier on Sunday that investigators believed the couple had a suicide pact.
The police officers' murders sparked outrage.
I am terribly saddened by today's events in Las Vegas. Metro Police protect us every day. There is no place for this type of violence.- Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 9, 2014
Sen Dean Heller (R-NV): My thoughts & prayers are with the men & women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on this terrible day.- Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 9, 2014
2 police officers among those killed in Las Vegas shooting. Suspects reportedly yelled "this is a revolution" and took officers' weapons.- Blake McCoy (@BlakeKARE11) June 8, 2014
My God, this sounds awful: Five dead in North Las Vegas shooting, including two officers. http://t.co/1sXK0wCr8B- Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) June 8, 2014