BREAKING: CONFIRMED Concealed Carrier Did Engage Las Vegas Shooters – Police Call Him “A Hero”
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As we originally reported yesterday, a concealed carrier did attempt to engage the couple who shot two police officers in Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, the wife involved in the shooting pretended to be a customer and was able to sneak up behind the carrier as he engaged the husband. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal,
After the shooting, the couple headed toward a nearby Wal-Mart, where Jerad Miller was confronted by Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas. Wilcox was legally carrying a concealed pistol. Wilcox was unaware that Amanda Miller, who was pushing a shopping cart, was involved in the incident and “lying in wait,” the official said.
She slipped behind Wilcox and shot him at close range.
“He had no idea the wife was walking behind him,” the police official said of the murdered man. “This guy (Wilcox) was not some idiot with a gun. To me, he was a hero. He was trying to stop an active shooter.”
It wasn’t immediately clear if Wilcox fired a shot, or if he hit Jerad Miller before he died.
The actions of this carrier may have allowed other shoppers to escape the area unharmed. He may have also put an early end to a killing spree that the couple planned on lasting longer. We know that the suspects took the slain officer’s weapons and ammo. We also know, based on the report above, that the female suspect seemed to be attempting to pose as a shopper.
Based on these facts, it’s possible that the pair of suspects planned to ambush responding officers inside the department store. The time it took to engage this concealed carrier as well the fact that their shots gave away their positions, may have very well allowed responding officers to more effectively engage the pair, ensuring no other officers were shot or killed.
The couple committed suicide after their confrontation with the concealed carrier.