Amanda Miller shot a police officer inside a Las Vegas pizza joint before killing another man, shooting her husband and killing herself in a rampage Sunday, cops said.
Miller, a 22-year-old former Indiana resident, was described by police and neighbors as an anti-government radical who hated cops and had plotted with her husband to kill officers and to take over a court house and execute public officials.
Here’s what you need to know about Miller:
1. She Said on Facebook That All Hell Would Break Loose & She’d Be in the Middle of it With a Shotgun & a Pistol
Miller’s social media activity featured a host of ominous posts, including one she posted on May 23, 2011. In that post, she wrore: “To the people in the world … your lucky i can’t kill you now but remember one day i will get you because one day all hell will break lose and i’ll be standing in the middle of it with a shot gun in one hand and a pistol in the other.”
Amanda and Jerad Miller were married in 2012 and moved from Indiana to Las Vegas this January. Jerad Miller, who has a long criminal history, has posted a slew of disturbing anti-government content on Facebook and a host of bizarre videos on YouTube. He was among the demonstrators rallying this spring in support of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher involved in a standoff with armed federal officials over his refusal to pay grazing fees.
2. She & Her Husband Were ‘Militant’ & Often Talked About Killing Cops
Neighbors described Jerad and Amanda Miller as “militant” radicals who talked about killing cops and hated the government.
Krista Koch, who lives in the Bruce Street apartment complex where the suspects lived, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the suspects talked about killing police officers after going “underground” until it was the right time to kill.
3. She Was the Primary Shooter in the Rampage
Cops said Jerad Miller fired at one of the officers while the officer was filling up a cup at a softdrink machine inside Cici’s pizza restaurant. Amanda then shot the other officer multiple times while he was trying to draw his gun, police said. Cops said the second officer was able to fire back, though it’s not clear whether either of the Millers were injured.
The Millers then went into Walmart across the parking lot and Amanda killed a customer who had confronted Jerad with a gun. Cops said Amanda Miller later shot Jerad dead before killing herself.
4.Her Father Claims Jerad Miller Brainwashed her and he Begged her not to Marry him
Amanda Miller’s father, Todd Woodruff, told the Los Angeles Times he was sick to his stomach on the day of her wedding to Jerad Miller because he did not want her to marry him. He said:
I didn’t even want to be there. The only reason I was there was because I wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle for the first time. But I puked my head off in the bathroom beforehand because I so didn’t want her to marry him.
Woodruff also said Jerad Miller brainwashed his daughter and tried to distance her from her family. The Los Angeles Times reports Amanda and Jared had lived with her father in the family’s Lafayette, Indiana home, until Jerad moved the two of them to Vegas. Woodruff called his daughter “his sunshine” and said her relationship with Jerad Miller and subsequent death “took away my sunshine” They report:
I begged her not to marry him, I begged her not to move to Las Vegas. He was into all this Patriot Nation and conspiracy theory stuff, and the next thing I know her phone was getting shut off and she was getting isolated from us.
Woodruff posted the photo below of Amanda Miller as a toddler to his Facebook on June 5. Amanda even commented on the photo, asking “why day? why? lol”
5. One of the Millers Yelled ‘Tell the Police the Revolution Has Begun’ & Draped an Officer’s Body in a Gadsden Flag
After stealing the officers’ guns and ammunition and heading out of the restaurant, one of the suspects yelled “tell the police the revolution has begun,” according to KLAS, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate.
The Review-Journal reported one of the suspects draped one of the officers’ bodies in something that featured the Gadsden flag, the yellow banner featuring a snake and the words “Don’t Tread on Me” that served as a symbol of the American Revolution.
Some groups have used the flag in recent years as a symbol of the Tea Party movement, though it’s not clear what, if any, connections the suspects had to Tea Party groups.