A Las Vegas police officer walks away from the scene of a shooting near a Wal-Mart on Sunday. John Locher/AP
A day after a deadly shootout, police in Las Vegas are beefing up patrols.
On Sunday, two police officers were killed after they were ambushed by a couple of shooters at a pizza restaurant in a local strip mall. The violence then spilled over to a Wal-Mart, where a civilian was killed and the shooters apparently committed suicide.
The Las Vegas Review reports that in the aftermath, LVPD has asked off duty officers to volunteer to work and patrol squads were asked to double up so each police officer would have a partner.
The paper adds:
“Details are sketchy, but Metropolitan Police Department sources close to the investigation say the shooters shouted that ‘this is the start of a revolution’ before opening fire on the officers, and draped their bodies with cloth showing a Revolutionary War-era flag. Investigators have also found paraphernalia associated with white supremacists.
“Sunday night, Metro homicide investigators and FBI agents cordoned off and were searching a small apartment complex at 110 S. Bruce St., about four miles from the shooting scene. A resident of the complex said he had spoken with a man who lived in the apartment being searched. He said the man appeared ‘militant,’ and often talked about conspiracy theories.
“An explosion was heard at the apartment complex at about 9:30 p.m., but no information was immediately available Sunday night.”
The Associated Press reports that the two officers killed were Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, both husbands and fathers.
“It’s a tragic day,” Sheriff Doug Gillespie said at a news conference according to the AP. “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 with an emptiness in our hearts.”
The names of the shooters have not been released.