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Metro to update shooting investigation in news conference

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Steve Marcus

Sheriff Doug Gillespie responds to questions during a news conference at Metro Police headquarters Monday, June 9, 2014.

Three days after an anti-government couple gunned down two police officers and a bystander in separate attacks, Metro Police officials have scheduled a midmorning news conference to provide updates in their investigation.

The news conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Metro's headquarters.

Among the possible areas to be addressed:

• Did Amanda Miller kill her husband, fellow assassin Jerad Miller, as Metro has officially maintained in all of its official accounts since Sunday, or did the gunshot that brought down Jerad Miller come from a Metro officer's rifle as reported in various accounts Tuesday?

• Was a Metro officer wounded in the firefight between police and the Millers that took place in the Wal-Mart at 201 N. Nellis, as a high-ranking Metro officer told the Sun on Tuesday?

• Where did the Millers obtain their cache of weapons for the deadly attack, since Jerad Miller was a convicted felon and could not legally purchase weapons?

• When will the two slain officers, Igor Solodo, 31, and Alyn Beck, 42, be laid to rest, as well as civilian Joseph Wilcox, who confronted Jerad Miller in a busy Walmart but was gunned down by Amanda Miller?

• Has Metro learned more about the Millers, whose anti-government and anti-police rants on social media have been well-documented, or their motive for the shootings?

There was one other significant development in the case Tuesday. Carie Stichter, Jerad Miller's mother, released a statement in Lafayette, Ind.

"We wish to express our greatest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to the families who have lost their loved ones in this horrible act of violence. We are profoundly saddened, confused and in shock over the senseless actions of our son and his wife. We ask that the media respect our family's privacy during this ... difficult time."

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