KENNEWICK, Wash. - The man who, along with his wife, killed two police officers in a Las Vegas restaurant and another person in a nearby store Sunday had racked up several convictions in Washington state more than a decade ago.
Jerad Miller, 31, was convicted of felony vehicle theft and several other offenses, including phone harassment, driving under the influence and malicious mischief, between 2001 and 2003, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Miller and his 22-year-old wife, Amanda, shot and killed Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo as they ate lunch at a pizza buffet, police said. They fled to a nearby Wal-Mart, where they gunned down Joseph Wilcox and exchanged fire with officers before Amanda Miller killed her husband and herself.
The couple had ideology shared by "militia and white supremacists," including the belief that law enforcement was the "oppressor," Las Vegas authorities said.
Jerad Miller attended Kennewick High for one semester in 1999, his freshman year, said Kennewick School District spokeswoman Robyn Chastain. The district has no other record of him attending other schools, she said.
Court records released Monday by Benton County District Court detailed some of Miller's offenses. They included taking a car that belonged to his friend's parents in 2001 and driving in it to a grocery store where he stole beer. At the time, a police citation listed him as unemployed and transient.
Later that year, he was arrested for malicious mischief for breaking a vehicle window. The same day, he broke the window of a holding cell at the Kennewick Police Department, the records show.
A citation for assault in 2002 shows that Miller was living at the Richland home where he had taken the car from the year before. By then he was working at a J.C. Penney department store.
In late 2002, Miller made harassing telephone calls to an unidentified victim, saying, "Your son is a dead man, Cliff you are going to die," a complaint said.
Several of the offenses garnered Miller yearlong sentences, with all but a few days suspended.