I-Team: Las Vegas officers ambush vendetta may have begun in Indiana

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A deadly ambush of Las Vegas police and a couple whose hatred of police appears to have started in northern Indiana. (WLS)

The ABC7 Eyewitness News I-Team reveals chilling connections between a deadly ambush of Las Vegas police and a couple whose hatred of police appears to have started in northern Indiana.

When Jerad and Amanda Miller walked into a Las Vegas restaurant hunting for police officers to kill, they may have been carrying out a vendetta against law enforcement that began more than a year earlier in Lafayette, Indiana.

The couple had only been out West since the beginning of the year, moving from Indiana after a series of run-ins with local police that Mr. Miller documented on video.

"This right here you guys is where cops threatened to shoot and kill me," Miller says in the video. "I'm pretty sure threatening to kill a naked unarmed individual is something that would be frowned upon."

Fifteen months ago in a homemade video, Jerad Miller describes how Lafayette Police arrested him and seized his wife's guns.

"Police officers then came up my stairs here without a warrant, by the way. Under the bed, where the guns were," he said.

It wasn't Miller's first encounter with authorities. Starting with delinquency issues and including arrests for violence, drugs, and then house arrest violations last year. In one video, he showed expressed anger at having to pay for this home monitoring equipment.

"Apparently, it looks like Lafayette police department here in Lafayette, Indiana, are doing gun confiscations," Miller said.

By the end last year he and his wife Amanda moved to Las Vegas. In late May Mrs. Miller posting on twitter: "To the people in the world, your(sic) lucky i can't kill you now but remember one day i will get you because all hell will break lose and i'll be standing in the middle of it with a shotgun in one hand and a pistol in the other."

Last Saturday, Mr. Miller announcing "The dawn of a new day. May all of our coming sacrifices be worth it."

Forty-eight hours later they gunned down two Las Vegas Metro officers as the men ate lunch in a restaurant.

"They also threw a swastika on top of his body. At that point, Mr. Jerad Miller then pinned a note to the Officer Soldo that basically stated this is the beginning of the revolution," said Asst. Sheriff Kevin McMahill, Clark County Sheriff Department.

Far different messages than what Miller spoke from Indiana last year: "These are the only laws that should be. One: Do not murder."

Police say Miller and his wife broke that vow when they killed the two officers, then proceeded to a nearby Walmart and killed a customer there before shooting and killing each other in a suicide pact.

Monday night, Lafayette, Indiana Police have issued a statement saying they are working with Las Vegas authorities, including a review of their own history with both Jerad and Amanda Miller.

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