The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported the officer and another were shot and killed by a man and a woman who approached them as they ate lunch at the pizza parlor. One officer was reportedly dead at the scene, while the other died later in surgery.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie identified the two officers as Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32. He said one of the officers was able to fire back at the suspects before dying.
One of the officers was draped with a Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me.” The flag is named for Christopher Gadsden a Revolutionary War general who designed it. It has recently come back in vogue as an adopted symbol of the American tea party movement.
Witnesses told police one of the couple yelled “This is the start of a revolution,” before shooting the officers. The shooters then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and went into the Walmart at 201 North Nellis.
The two exchanged gunfire with a civilian who was carrying a concealed weapon, and one of the shooters was injured. Police confirm that at least one civilian at the Walmart was shot and killed.
At a news conference at about 1 p.m. Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the male shooter, described as a tall white man, yelled “everyone get out” before shooting.
The man and woman then went to the back of the store and “there was some kind of suicide pact,” McMahill said.
Both shooters were reportedly carrying large duffle bags, and a bomb squad was called to the scene. It’s unclear at this time what, if anything, was found in the bags. A fire department official said the bomb squad response was “a precaution.”
Metro asked for any available off-duty officers to work Sunday afternoon. Patrol squads were doubling up so each officer would have a partner, sources said.
Several lanes of traffic near Nellis and Stewart Avenue are closed. Nevada Highway Patrol is also on scene.