LAS VEGAS — A man and a woman ambushed two police officers eating lunch at a Las Vegas restaurant, fatally shooting them at point-blank range before fleeing to a nearby Walmart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said Sunday.
The shooters walked into CiCi's Pizza and gunned down Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, Las Vegas police officials said. One of the officers was able to fire back before he died, but it's unclear if he hit the suspects, Sheriff Doug Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.
One of the shooters yelled, "This is a revolution," but the motive for the shooting remains under investigation, Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield told the Associated Press. He added that "we don't know anything about the suspects yet."
After shooting the officers, the suspects fled to the Walmart across the street, where they fatally shot a person inside the front door and exchanged gunfire with police before killing themselves in an apparent suicide pact, police said.
The female suspect shot the male suspect before killing herself, Gillespie said. The victim's identity hadn't been confirmed. The suspects' names hadn't been released. The officers were taken to a hospital, but it was unclear if they died there or at the scene.
"It's a tragic day," Gillespie said. "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."
Pauline Pacheco was shopping at Walmart when she saw the armed man and grabbed her father to escape, KLAS-TV reported. "We saw when the man was walking, he was shouting, yelling bad words, and suddenly he had a gun," she told the station. "It was terrible, it was terrible. That man was crazy."
Clark County Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the male suspect yelled "everyone get out" before shooting at the Walmart. The suspects then walked to the back of the store.
Walmart issued a statement saying it's working with police on the investigation.