vegasAlyn Beck, 41, one of two Las Vegas police officers slain in an ambush Sunday, had been with the department since 2001 and leaves behind a wife and three children.

He was a senior patrol officer who had taught advanced officer skills training at the Las Vegas police academy.

Tracy Smith, a friend of Beck's, wrote on his blog, "My friend Alyn was a dynamite guy. He was a riot to be around. He was kind and funny. He was capable of ridiculously juvenile behavior but also shockingly profound intellectual depth."

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Smith told CNN on Monday, "Alyn was a good person — all he wanted to do was help people. He was a fine guy. We're talking about a guy who on the one hand was a deadly trained weapon, capable of a massive amount of force — strong and powerful. On the other hand, he was tender. He was gentle."see more at