Vegas Killers Covered Dead Cops With Cloth

Couple appear to have links to the white supremacist movement

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 9, 2014 4:14 AM CDT | Updated Jun 9, 2014 7:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – The man and woman who killed two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian before taking their own lives yesterday appear to have links to the white supremacist movement, police sources say. The shooters were a married couple in their 20s and the initial investigation has turned up swastikas and white supremacist paraphernalia, sources tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The sources say that after shooting the two police officers dead inside a pizza restaurant, the couple stripped them of their weapons and covered them with a cloth showing the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag, which features the words "Don't Tread on Me."

At an apartment building being searched by police, neighbors described the couple as "weird." They say the man—who sometimes dressed as Peter Pan to work as a street performer—rambled about conspiracy theories and spoke of wanting to kill police officers. One neighbor says the man claimed he "had been kicked off Cliven Bundy's ranch" while people gathered to protest a federal roundup of Bundy’s cattle, although the rancher's wife says there is no connection between the standoff and the Vegas shooting. The two slain officers have been identified as Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32. A police spokesman says the two officers, who both had young families, were "simply having lunch" when they were ambushed by the couple, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Officer Alyn Beck.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
This photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Officer Igor Soldo.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
A Las Vegas police officer walks away from the scene of a shooting near a Wal-Mart yesterday.   (AP Photo/John Locher)
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