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Walmart shooting victim's mother: 'I'm glad he helped'

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Joseph Wilcox, 31, was identified as the bystander who was shot and killed by a man and woman inside a Walmart store on June 8, 2014. (Source: Wilcox family) Joseph Wilcox, 31, was identified as the bystander who was shot and killed by a man and woman inside a Walmart store on June 8, 2014. (Source: Wilcox family)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The family of the man who got involved with the couple accused of shooting and killing two Las Vegas Metro officers inside a Walmart is remembering him as a hero.

Joseph Wilcox, 31, was shot and killed while confronting suspect Jared Miller, police said.

Wilcox's family said he was at the Walmart in the 300 block of North Nellis Boulevard near Stewart Avenue late Sunday morning to return a cable modem with a friend.

When Jared Miller and his wife, Amanda Miller, burst into the store, yelling about a revolution, Wilcox, who was carrying a firearm, made the decision to get involved.

"My son carries a CCW and happened to have his firearm. He stopped carrying for the longest time. He pulled it and his friend said, ‘Joseph, let's go.' His friend started running, turned around and didn't see Joseph," said Joseph Wilcox's mother, Debra Wilcox.

Metro police said Joseph Wilcox confronted Jared Miller, but wasn't aware Amanda Miller was behind him. She shot him from behind, and he died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the coroner reported.

Debra Wilcox and her family waited 14 hours for the Clark County coroner to inform them of Joseph Wilcox's death. They said they knew he had died long before that, though.

Joseph Wilcox's friend called Debra Wilcox, urging her to get to the Walmart store. She said she and her family walked the perimeter of the parking lot, asking if anyone had seen her son. Finally, out of desperation, they called the coroner.

Debra Wilcox said she realized her son was the one killed when she tracked his cell phone.

"I called his phone and it showed that it was on the floor at Walmart customer service, and I told them [family] he was gone," she said.

Debra Wilcox said she's not surprised her son tried to intervene.

"I guess I can tell you that I wish he didn't go into that Walmart. I wish he didn't. I'm glad he helped," she said.

An account has been set up at Wells Fargo bank for those wishing to donate money to Joseph Wilcox's family. It is:

  • Joseph R. Wilcox Memorial Fund
  • Account number: 8485852688

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