A former Nevada assemblywoman will take part in groundbreaking ceremonies for a park named to honor a Las Vegas police officer slain by a couple who had taken part in an armed standoff she actively supported.
Michele Fiore, now a Las Vegas city councilwoman after serving two terms in the state assembly, will join Mayor Carolyn Goodman next week at the ceremony honoring fallen officer Alyn Beck, reported KVVU-TV.
So proud to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Alyn Beck Memorial Park will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18. The 10.5-acre park, at Skye Canyon Park Drive and Brent Lane, is named after @lvmpd Officer Alyn Beck, who was killed in the line of duty Sunday, June 8, 2014. pic.twitter.com/qcns8ruyGj
— Councilwoman Fiore (@VoteFiore) December 14, 2018
The city officials will be joined at the event Tuesday by Beck’s widow, Nicole Beck, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and Clark County Commissioner Marylin Kirkpatrick.
Beck was gunned down June 8, 2014, by an Indiana couple who came to Nevada just five months earlier to support a long-shot gubernatorial candidate who they believed shared their anti-g.
Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller ambushed Beck and officer Igor Soldo as they ate lunch at a pizza restaurant, killing both men and a third man, Joseph Wilcox, who planned to use his legally concealed firearm to stop them.
They then retreated to a nearby Wal-Mart, where officers killed Jerad Miller during a shootout and Amanda Miller shot herself.
The couple had taken part in the Bundy ranch standoff against federal agents in April 2014, but were asked to leave after other militants learned Jerad Miller was a felon prohibited from possessing firearms.
The militant who ordered them off Cliven Bundy’s ranch was Jerry Delemus, who later served as Donald Trump’s campaign co-chair in New Hampshire and was then sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the 2015 occupation of an Oregon nature reserve with the rancher’s sons.
Fiore actively and aggressively supported both actions involving the Bundy family, and she used her ties to the militants and their cause to help negotiate the end of the Oregon occupation.
She eventually dropped her campaign for a third term in the state assembly after the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers deemed her “unqualified” for office after justifying the killing of police officers.
“I would never point my firearm at anyone, including an officer of the law, unless they pointed their firearm at me,” Fiore told a journalist in 2016.
“Once you point your firearm at me, I’m sorry, then it becomes self-defense,” the former GOP lawmaker said. “Whether you’re a stranger, a bad guy, or an officer, and you point your gun at me and you’re gonna shoot me and I have to decide whether it’s my life or your life, I choose my life.”