- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A former Nebraska man killed in a shooting rampage in Las Vegas along with another police officer had dreamed as a child of going into law enforcement, relatives said Monday.

Igor Soldo was fatally shot Sunday by a man who authorities say harbored anti-government beliefs and went on a rampage with his wife.

“He was a wonderful child, a wonderful husband, a wonderful father,” Soldo’s mother, Sirli Soldo, told the Lincoln Journal Star.

The 31-year-old Soldo was having lunch at a pizza buffet about five miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip when he and fellow officer Alyn Beck, 41, were gunned down. Police say one other person at a nearby Wal-Mart was fatally shot in the rampage before the wife who helped carry out the slayings killed her husband and then herself.

Igor Soldo had been planning to return to Lincoln, Nebraska, in a few weeks to celebrate his son’s first birthday with family and friends. Instead, his parents flew to Las Vegas the day after his death.

As a child, Igor read books about the FBI and criminal interrogation techniques. His family immigrated to Lincoln from war-torn Bosnia in 1995 when he was 13.

He learned English and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High in 2000 and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004.

From 2003 to 2006, he worked part time as a correctional officer in the Lancaster County jail. His father, Pero Soldo, told the Lincoln Journal Star that his son met his wife, Andrea Soldo, during that time because she was also a correctional officer at the jail.

Igor Soldo moved to Las Vegas in 2006 when he landed a full-time position with the police department.

Soldo’s older brother Robert and his wife are both police officers in Beatrice, Nebraska.

Pero Soldo said Igor Soldo and his brother got interested in criminal justice at a young age, partly because Pero Soldo was a fire chief in Bosnia and one of his son’s uncles was a police officer.

“They were around uniforms all the time. They loved it,” Pero Soldo said.



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