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POLICE SNIPER ON SCENE OF LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING
LAS VEGAS (PHILLYCRIMENEWS) — Two police officers were shot and killed in a lunchtime ambush Sunday by an armed pair that later killed a third person before turning weapons on themselves in a Walmart.Sheriff Doug Gillespie said the officers were eating lunch at a pizza restaurant when they were shot by two assailants. One of the officers was able to return fire, Gillespie said.The suspects then killed a third person at a nearby Walmart, he said. “It appears the female suspect shot the male suspect, then took her own life,” Gillespie said.Gillespie identified the officers as Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32. He said both left behind families.A law enforcement official who has been briefed on the incident said one officer was refilling a soft-drink when the female shooter approached him from behind and shot him in the head, killing him instantly.The woman then shot the other officer several times as he was trying to draw his pistol. Initial reports indicate that Soldo was the officer shot at the soda machine, but that has not been confirmed. :Gillespie did say one of the officers was able to fire back.One officer was reportedly dead at the scene, while the other died later in surgery at University Medical Center. Both were uniform patrol officers assigned to the Northeast Area Command. Beck was a senior patrol officer who had taught Advanced Officer Skills Training and at the Metro academy.Witnesses told police one of the shooters yelled “This is the start of a revolution” before shooting the officers. Gillespie later said he could not confirm the shooters said that.The shooters then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and went into the Walmart across the street at 201 North Nellis.Witnesses at the scene reported hearing shots fired in quick succession inside the Walmart.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.One unconfirmed report is that the two exchanged gunfire with a citizen who was carrying a concealed weapon, and that one of the shooters was injured.Gillespie confirmed someone, whose name has not yet been released, was shot and killed just inside the front doors of the Walmart.As Metro officers entered the front and back doors of the store they exchanged gunfire with the shooters, Gillespie said.The female shooter then shot and wounded her accomplice before shooting herself in the head, a law enforcement official said. The man then shot and killed himself. Their identities have not been released by police. 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.” The FBI was called out to the shooting. 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. Metro officers usually patrol solo, but Gillespie said they would continue to ride with partners in the coming days while the investigation continues. Metro also asked all department members to shroud their badges with a diagonal black band, which is often done as a sign of respect for fallen officers.