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Hearing could shed new light on ambush slaying of Metro officers

Slain Officers

Photos of fallen Metro Police Officers Alyn Beck, left, and Igor Soldo. Two suspects, also dead, shot the officers at CiCi’s Pizza on Nellis Boulevard, then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart, where they shot and killed another person on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

A police fatality review scheduled for next month could reveal new details surrounding the ambush killing of two officers last year by a pair of anti-government extremists who later died in a shootout with Metro Police.

The review is one of four inquiries into officer-involved shootings announced today by Clark County. The hearing into the shootout with police killers Jerad and Amanda Miller will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 4 at the Clark County Government Center and will be streamed live on the county’s website.

The Millers ambushed Metro Police officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck on June 8, 2014, shooting the officers while they were eating lunch at a CiCi’s Pizza restaurant on Nellis Boulevard.

The Millers, who espoused anti-government and anti-police views in videos and posts to social media, draped a “Don’t Tread on Me” Revolutionary War-era flag on Beck’s body before fleeing to a nearby Wal-Mart. There, 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox, who was carrying a concealed weapon, tried to stop the couple before being shot and killed by Amanda Miller.

Police quickly swarmed the Wal-Mart, trapping the couple in the back of the store and fatally shooting Jerad Miller. Amanda Miller took her own life with a handgun.

The police fatality review is standard procedure any time police are involved in a deadly shooting.

Representatives of the District Attorney’s Office run the inquiries, calling witnesses and making a presentation of facts. The hearings often reveal details not previously known to the public and provide a thorough review of the incident.

An ombudsman representing the interests of the public and the decedent’s family can also ask questions of witnesses. Las Vegas Attorney Eric Jorgenson will serve as ombudsman in this case.

The inquiry is overseen by a county-appointed hearing master, whose role is similar to that of a judge.

The hearing will not result in any determination of whether the police shooting was justified, a change made in 2010 to reform the controversial inquest process into officer-involved shootings.

In addition to the Miller hearing, Clark County scheduled three other police fatality reviews over the next month to look into the fatal shootings of Herbert Green, Anthony Moore and Jessie Vigil. Those hearings will be held Aug. 21, 24 and 25, respectively.

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