A husband-and-wife from Lafayette who shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers and another person Sunday before killing themselves, claimed they were “freedom fighters” hoping to spark an anti-government revolution.
Police say Jerad and Amanda Miller portrayed themselves as gun-loving heroes battling the “oppression” and “tyranny” they insisted the federal government had imposed upon the nation.
According to CNN, police say the couple demonstrated with anti-government symbols after shooting:
Among the clues: a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and a Nazi swastika the couple placed on one of the police officers they ambushed Sunday at a pizza restaurant. They pinned onto the other officer’s body a note saying something to the effect of “this is the beginning of the revolution,” Second Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters.
Records show Jerad Miller had a lengthy criminal background in Tippecanoe County, including arrests for battery by means of strangulation, criminal recklessness, hazing and possession of marijuana.