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2 officers, bystander killed in Las Vegas ambush

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Pictures of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck, left, and Igor Soldo are seen a a news conference Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas. The two officers were killed in an ambush while eating lunch. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pictures of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck, left, and Igor Soldo are seen a a news conference Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas. The two officers were killed in an ambush while eating lunch. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Walmart employees hug outside their store after shootings left five people dead — including two Las Vegas police officers — at the store and a nearby CiCi’s Pizza in Las Vegas, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Police say a man and a woman ambushed the two officers eating lunch at the pizza restaurant, then went across the street to Walmart where they killed a civilian, before killing themselves. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, K.M. Cannon)

Police and firefighters appear on the scene of a shooting at a Walmart, Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas. Police say two suspects shot two officers at a Las Vegas pizza parlor before fatally shooting a person and turning the guns on themselves at a nearby Walmart. (AP Photo/John Locher)

This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Officer Alyn Beck. Two suspects shot and killed two police officers in an ambush at a Las Vegas restaurant Sunday, June 8, 2014, before fatally shooting a third person and killing themselves inside a nearby Wal-Mart, authorities said. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

This photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Officer Igor Soldo. Two suspects shot and killed two police officers at a Las Vegas eatery before fatally shooting a third person and killing themselves inside a nearby Walmart, authorities said. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when a man and a woman fatally shot them in a point-blank ambush, then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.

The attack at a CiCi’s Pizza restaurant on Sunday killed Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, who are both husbands and fathers. One of the shooters yelled, “This is a revolution!” but a motive remains under investigation, Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield told The Associated Press.

“It’s a tragic day,” Sheriff Doug Gillespie said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. “But we still have a community to police, and we still have a community to protect. We will be out there doing it with our heads held high, but with an emptiness in our hearts.”

Friend Tracy Smith said he couldn’t understand how the seemingly invincible Beck didn’t sense something was awry in the pizza parlor.

“He was invincible,” Smith said. “But he was also very accepting and loving of people. That was the part of him that was having pizza that day.”

For added safety, officers who normally work alone will be paired up with another officer for a time, Gillespie said.

The deadly rampage in the aging shopping center about 5 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip took place in a matter of minutes. Police were called at 11:22 a.m. to the pizzeria, where one of the officers was able to fire back at his assailants. It’s unclear whether he hit them, Gillespie said.

Shots were reported five minutes later at a nearby Wal-Mart, where the shooters gunned down 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox of Las Vegas just inside the front door and exchanged gunfire with police before killing themselves, police and the Clark County coroner’s office said.

The female suspect shot the male suspect before killing herself, Gillespie said. The suspects’ names haven’t been released.

Both officers were pronounced dead at University Medical Center. Beck had been with the department since 2001 and leaves behind a wife and three children. Soldo had been with the force since 2006 and is survived by a wife and baby, police said.

He was described as a good father and a “great guy” by his sister-in-law, Colleen Soldo of Beatrice, Nebraska. She said he attended high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, and previously worked as a corrections officer.

Sheree Burns, 48, told the Las Vegas Sun she was eating at the restaurant, seated just behind the two officers when a man came up to one of the officers and shot him in the head.

She said she ducked under her table but peeked up and saw the other officer being shot.

She said the man took an officer’s handgun and the two attackers fled.

Pauline Pacheco was shopping at Wal-Mart when she saw the armed man and grabbed her father to escape, KLAS-TV reported.

“We saw when the man was walking, he was shouting, yelling bad words, and suddenly he had a gun,” she told the station. “It was terrible, it was terrible. That man was crazy.”

Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the male suspect yelled “everyone get out” before shooting at Wal-Mart. The suspects then walked to the back of the store.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement he was devastated by the killings of the two officers and an innocent bystander in an “act of senseless violence.”

In a statement, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman called the killings a “cruel act” and praised the officers for dedicating “their lives to protecting all of us in our community.”

Wal-Mart employees and shoppers were taken to a nearby women’s clothing store to be interviewed by police. The restaurant and Wal-Mart remained closed as detectives processed evidence. McMahill said the investigation is “very complex” because it involves more than 1,000 witnesses.

Wal-Mart expressed its condolences in a statement and said the company was working with police on the investigation. CiCi’s Pizza said in a statement the company was deeply saddened by the shooting and would

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