Family of alleged Las Vegas shooter "in shock" - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Family of alleged Las Vegas shooter "in shock"

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

In Las Vegas, the law enforcement family and entire community are searching for more answers after police say an Indiana couple killed two officers and a shopper Sunday.

Jerad and Amanda Miller had been kicked off a Nevada ranch where anti-government protesters faced down federal agents earlier this year because they were "very radical," according to the son of rancher Cliven Bundy.

Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the Millers had ideology shared by "militia and white supremacists," including the belief that law enforcement was the "oppressor."

Police believe the shootings were an isolated act, not part of a broader conspiracy to target law enforcement, McMahill said.

"We certainly believe they're connected to a certain ideology which is anti-police and anti-government but as of right now, we have not been able to find any additional links or any additional suspects," said McMachill.

In Lafayette, Indiana, Jerad Miller's parents posted a statement to their front door, saying, "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 believable difficult time."

At one point residents called police because of all the media attention on the street.

Jerad Miller had a long rap sheet that included a felony for stealing cars.

The couple did not find a fresh start in Nevada, where they were apparently too radical for Bundy's group, which included state militia.

"We sold everything we had to buy supplies and quit our jobs to be there 24/7. How dare you ask for help and shun us dedicated patriots!" Miller wrote after being kicked off the Bundy ranch.

Whether it was the Bundy movement or being shunned from it, whatever sparked some kind of deep anger and fueled a desire to kill police officers isn't known.

Authorities say they're investigating all aspects of Miller's past.

Amanda Miller's father Todd Woodruff as all too familiar with Jerad Miller's past.

In an interview with the LA Times, he says, "I begged her not to marry him. I begged her not to move to Las Vegas. He was all into this patriot nation and conspiracy theory stuff, and the whole world was just against him. And he was just, he was just nuts," said Woodruff.

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