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Shooters Had Ambushed Two Cops in Las Vegas Restaurant
By Harold Hutchison

After two police officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Alyn Beck (left photo) and Igor Soldo (right) were ambushed and fatally wounded by a married couple, they fled towards a Wal-Mart near the location of the ambush. However, in that Wal-Mart, some reports indicate that the shooters met resistance.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a person with a concealed carry permit reportedly engaged the shooters in the Wal-Mart. The report indicated that the CCW permit holder may have wounded one of the suspects. There were conflicting reports about whether or not the concealed carry permit holder was killed during the exchange of gunfire. The two shooters fled the Wal-Mart, and after a brief shootout with officers responding to the reports of the ambush, carried out a suicide pact.

If reports about the concealed carry permit holder are confirmed, it would not be the first time that a concealed carry permit holder had either halted a mass shooting in progress or had come to the assistance of a law enforcement officer. In December, 2012, Nick Meli, a concealed carry permit holder, stopped a mass shooting in a mall near Clackamas, Oregon. A fact sheet available on the NRA web site features a number of incidents where armed citizens came to the assistance of police officers.

Police are still investigating the shootings to determine a motive for the ambush on the cops. Officer Beck had a wife and three children, while Officer Soldo had a wife and a baby.

UPDATE: Las Vegas police have confirmed that the concealed carry permit holder who engaged the shooters, Joseph Robert Wilcox, was killed by one of the cop-killers.

"This guy (Wilcox) was not some idiot with a gun. To me, he was a hero. He was trying to stop an active shooter," a police official told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.