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Monday 22 September 2014

'Revolution' pair murder 3 in Vegas

Published 09/06/2014 | 00:47

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Police at the scene of the Las Vegas shooting (AP)

A man and a woman ambushed and murdered two police officers lunching at a Las Vegas restaurant at point-blank range before fleeing to a store where they killed a third person, then themselves, in an apparent suicide pact.

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The pair walked into CiCi's Pizza and gunned down Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31. One of the officers was able to fire back before he died, but it was unclear if he hit the suspects, Sheriff Doug Gillespie of Las Vegas Metro police said.

One of the shooters yelled, "This is a revolution", and the motive is being investigated.

"We don't know anything about the suspects yet," said Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield.

After shooting the officers, the suspects fled to a Walmart store across the road, where they killed a person inside the front door and exchanged gunfire with police before killing themselves.

The woman shot the man before killing herself, Sheriff Gillespie said. The suspects' names have not been released.

Officer Beck had been with the police department since 2001 and leaves a wife and three children. Officer Soldo had been with the force since 2006 and has a a wife and baby.

Pauline Pacheco was shopping at Walmart when she saw the armed man and grabbed her father to 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. That man was crazy."

Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the man yelled "Everyone get out" before shooting at Walmart. The suspects then walked to the back of the store.

Nevada governor Brian Sandoval said he was devastated by the murders of the two officers and an innocent bystander in an "act of senseless violence".

Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman called the killings a "cruel act" and praised the officers for dedicating "their lives to protecting all of us in our community".

Walmart expressed its condolences and said the company was working with police on the investigation. Cici's Pizza said the company was deeply saddened by the shooting and would keep the restaurant closed until further notice.

The killings come less than a year after the Las Vegas police department's most recent on-duty death, when Officer David VanBuskirk died while rescuing a stranded hiker by helicopter on July 22.

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