A man and woman shot and killed two police officers and a civilian in Las Vegas on Sunday morning before the woman killed the man and herself, authorities said.
Patrol officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Saldo, 31, were eating lunch at a Cici’s Pizza restaurant in the 300 block of North Nellis Boulevard (map) about 11:22 a.m. when they were “ambushed” by the two shooters, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement. Officials had initially said Beck and Saldo were 42 and 32 years old, respectively.
Witness Sheree Burns said he had just sat down to eat when the incident began.
“The officers were sitting in front of me at the table, right next to me,” she said. “And this man came in out of nowhere. I thought he was going to get a drink, the way he walked up and walked past them. And then he turned around, pulled a gun on his right and shot the bald officer … in front of me.”
Both officers were struck by gunfire; one of them was able to shoot back, Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie said at a news conference.
The Police Department’s dispatch center began receiving multiple calls regarding the officers’ being shot. Meanwhile, the man and woman crossed the street and entered a nearby Wal-Mart, where they shot and killed a civilian and then made their way to the back of the store, authorities said.
At 11:27 a.m., police received another call of shots fired as two teams of patrol officers arrived at the store, Gillespie said. The officers entered the Wal-Mart through the front and rear of the building.
They found one person deceased inside, near the front door, according the sheriff. An exchange of gunfire ensued when the officers located the shooters. Minutes later, a second volley of gunshots was heard.
“The female suspect shot the male suspect, then took her own life,” Gillespie said.
Officers Beck and Saldo were transported to UMC Trauma Center, where they were pronounced dead.
Beck, who had been with the Police Department since August 2001, leaves behind a wife and six children, the statement said. Soldo had been employed by the department since April 2006. He leaves behind a wife and baby.
The name of the victim who was shot at the Wal-Mart was not immediately released, pending notification of family.
Asked about reports that during the incident the shooters had yelled “the revolution has begun,” the sheriff said he was unable to confirm that information.
“We express our deepest condolences to everyone who have been affected by this senseless act of violence,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said in a statement.
“Our hearts & prayers go out to the @LVMPD & their families affected, by the cowardly & senseless act of today’s violence,” Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck wrote on Twitter, referring to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Twitter handle.