Sheriff Douglas Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sadly reports that Officer Alyn Beck was killed, ambush style Sunday morning.
Officer Beck, 42, and his partner, Igor Soldo, 32, were eating lunch at CiCi’s Pizza on North Nellis Boulevard. An armed male and female stormed into the restaurant and shot and killed both officers. Witnesses stated that each suspect “targeted” an officer. One officer was shot in the back of the head. The other officer was able to return fire before he died.
The two suspects stole both officers’ service weapons along with the spare magazines they carried with them and fled. As the suspects were leaving the restaurant, witnesses advised that the suspects stated, “Tell the police that the revolution has begun…”
Restaurant patrons called 911 and reported the shooting. Some patrons attempted to render aid to the fallen officers while others directed responding officers toward the Wal-Mart store across the street where the suspects appeared to have fled.
As officers were responding to the restaurant, dispatchers received calls of an additional shooting coming from the Wal-Mart. Additional officers were directed there, where witnesses were reporting that a male suspect clothed in camouflage pants and shirt was discharging a firearm.
The subjects killed a female shopper at the front door of the store. Witnesses report that the suspects continued running shouting, “A revolution is about to start…”.
As officers arrived at the store, witnesses directed responding them in the suspects’ direction. The officers encountered them in the back of the store and another shoot out erupted.
After a brief lull in the gunfire, two shots were heard. It is believed that the female suspect shot the male suspect in the head killing him and then killed herself.
The investigation continues. A motive for the shooting and apparent suicide pact between the suspects is unknown at this time.
Officer Beck served the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Officer Alyn Beck-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, June 8, 2014.
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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