The officer retreated through the rear exit of the store and advised dispatch of the shots fired, and updated arriving units on the suspects’ descriptions, weapons and last known location in the store.
A Metro sergeant and four officers entered the store and took a position to the east of the Millers. The Millers fired on the team of officers. Two officers returned fire and two other officers moved to another tactical position south of the Millers. When the two other officers arrived at their position, the Millers fired at them several times. Because of the distance and position, those officers were unable to return fire.
The sergeant attempted to communicate with the Millers, who were now barricaded in the corner of the store. Jared’s response was to tell the officers to stand down and that he was in charge. As Jared moved across an aisle, to retrieve something from a shelf, he fired on one of the officers. That officer fired his rifle in response, fatally wounding Jared. As Jared fell to the ground, it appeared that he said something to Amanda, at which point she pointed her handgun at Jared, and then at herself. Ultimately, she shot herself in the right side of the head.
As SWAT officers arrived, they handcuffed both Jerad and Amanda. Jerad and Mr. Wilcox were pronounced dead at the scene. Amanda was transported to UMC, where she was later pronounced dead.
The entire incident at the Walmart lasted approximately twenty-four minutes. The Millers fired a total of 29 shots. Metro officers fired a total of 16 shots.
An autopsy report confirmed that Jared was shot one time with, what appeared to have been, a rifle round. Toxicology on Jared revealed the presence of Marijuana in his blood.
An autopsy also revealed that Amanda had been shot twice, once in the back of her upper right shoulder and once in the head. The Coroner determined Amanda died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and her death was ruled a suicide. Toxicology tests for Amanda were negative.
"The Millers ambushed Officers Soldo and Beck and Amanda Miller ambushed Mr. Wilcox," said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson. "This was a cold-blooded murder of two police officers and an innocent civilian. Metro officers acted quickly and prevented further casualties."
A Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review was held on September 4, 2015. The determination that the officers acted lawfully in this situation is based upon the evidence available at this time. The case could be reexamined if new information comes to light.
The full report is available on the District Attorney’s Web page.