Nearly two months before being accused of shooting dead two officers and a bystander in Las Vegas, Jerad Miller was at the Cliven Bundy ranch, warning officers not to use violence against supporters of the controversial Nevada rancher.
ThinkProgress, the liberal political blog, uncovered video Monday of Miller speaking to Reno NBC affiliate KRNV at the Bundy ranch in April. Miller bragged on his Facebook page and to neighbors about being at the ranch. Bundy became a symbol of government discontent as armed militias protected the rancher against the Bureau of Land Management, the agency that claimed Bundy was illegally grazing cattle on federal lands.
"I feel sorry for any federal agents that want to come in here and try to push us around or anything like that," Miller says in the video, which you can view above. “"I really don't want violence toward them, but if they're gonna come bring violence to us, if that's the language they want to speak, we'll learn it."
On his Facebook page, Miller shared a photo from former U.S. Rep. Allen West’s page comparing Bundy with Al Sharpton. The photo says both men have been accused of owing taxes, but Sharpton had a “fund raiser [sic] & dinner with Mr. Obama” while Bundy had his ranch surrounded by federal agents and had his cattle confiscated.
“I was down at the Bundy ranch. BLM snipers were all over the place,” Miller said.
Miller, 31, and his wife, Amanda Miller, 22, were named as the suspects of Sunday’s Las Vegas shootings. The rampage began with the killings of Las Vegas officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, inside a CiCi’s pizzeria. The husband and wife then went to a local Wal-Mart, where a bystander was killed before the couple committed suicide.
Neighbors of the Millers said they held white supremacist views and boasted about being on the Bundy ranch. They also reportedly expressed a desire to kill police officers.
"They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,” neighbor Brandon Moore told the Las Vegas Sun.
"Yap, yap, yap. They were always running their mouths," added neighbor Sue Hale.