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June 10, 2014

Bundy’s son: Las Vegas shooters kicked off ranch

LAS VEGAS — The married couple who police say killed three people in Las Vegas, including two officers, had been kicked off a ranch where anti-government protesters faced down federal agents earlier this year, rancher Cliven Bundy’s son said Monday.

Ammon Bundy told The Associated Press that Jerad and Amanda Miller were asked to leave his father’s ranch after being there for a few days this spring.

He said that while details were still sketchy, the Millers’ conduct was the problem. He called the couple “very radical” and said they did not “align themselves” with the protest’s main issues.

“Not very many people were asked to leave,” he said. “I think they may have been the only ones.”

Police said earlier Monday that they were looking into whether the Millers were at the Nevada ranch during the standoff.

Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the two suspects had ideology that was along the lines of “militia and white supremacists” and that law enforcement was the “oppressor.”

Police believe the shootings were an isolated act and officers were still looking for a motive, McMahill said.

The deadly rampage in the aging shopping center about 5 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip unfolded in a matter of minutes.

The suspects then fled on foot to a nearby Wal-Mart, where Jerad Miller fired a single shot upon entering, police said. A patron at the store who carried a firearm confronted Jerad Miller, not realizing that he was accompanied by Amanda Miller, who shot and killed 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox of Las Vegas.

The Millers moved to the Las Vegas area in January, police said. Amanda Miller had worked at a Hobby Lobby craft store in Las Vegas, the chain store said in a written statement, but was no longer employed there.

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