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More Details Revealed on Police Response to Orlando Club Shooter

June 16, 2016  | 

Music blared and more than 300 people danced and milled about Pulse nightclub early Sunday as Orlando police officer Adam Gruler, who was working a security detail, searched the area for a teenager who had gotten into the club with a fake ID.

He couldn't find the kid, so he headed back to the club's parking lot.

That's when the shots rang out.

It was just after 2 a.m. Sunday. Gruler ran toward the entrance after hearing the shots.

He was met by gunman Omar Mateen. Armed with a .223 caliber semiautomatic rifle and a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, Mateen started exchanging gunfire with the officer.

Gruler quickly realized he was outgunned and called for backup. Gruler retreated and Mateen ran further inside the club.

Lt. Scott Smith and Sgt. Jeffrey Backhaus arrived a couple minutes later and rushed into the club. There was another flurry of shots between them and Mateen, the Orlando Sentinel reports.


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kevcopAz @ 6/17/2016 7:22 AM

Once again those in the media, politics, judges and lawyers or "community organizations" that deflect the blame from the suspect and shift it to police should be discounted! If we know what we did was correct, then we did our job and to hell with the arm chair quarterbacks who never have or would ever have the guts to enter under such circumstances of live fire and risk their lives for others. Remember the old saying, cops and heroes run to the sound of the gunfire, unlike the average person who runs away(like over 300 people did in this case).

Tom Ingle @ 6/26/2016 12:14 PM

Not LE, but have been in combat.Did officers follow "active shooter protocol"? Had the terrorist already done most of the damage when Officer Gruler confronted him, if so, the terrorist had to have reloaded at least once maybe 3 or 4 times before appearing in the door. Could Gruler not hear the shooting inside prior to his engaging the terrorist? Yes, the fog of battle applies. I am sure it was pure chaos. We need more clarification.

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