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Video: Responding to the Orlando Nightclub Massacre

June 13, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Responding to the Orlando Nightclub Massacre

Mayhem and then a hail of gunfire. That is how Orlando police on Monday described how law enforcement had taken down Omar Mateen, the shooter who authories say killed 49 people and wounded 53 at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning.

Mateen—who police say opened fire at the club just after 2 a.m. with steady semi-automatic fire, raking the assembled of more than 350 dancing, drinking, and singing on Latin Night—had barricaded himself in a bathroom with a handful of hostages after trading fire with a uniformed off-duty officer at the club and first responders. After two hours of failed negotiation, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said he had no choice but to give the order to his SWAT team to breach the building, as time was running out to rescue the victims.

Mina said the off-duty officer engaged in a shoot-out with Mateen up until more officers arrived. Additional police officers arrived and also engaged the suspect, and “forced him to stop shooting and retreat to the bathroom where he had some hostages,” Time reports.

Believing loss of life was imminent, as Mateen threatened to use explosives, Mina said he gave the order to breach. An explosive breaching device was used, at about 5 a.m., but when that didn’t work police used an armored vehicle, known as a Bearcat. When officers were able to penetrate the wall, the police chief said “dozens and dozens” of people exited, including the gunman.

Officers and the gunmen then engaged in a brief, but intense gun battle, during which Mateen was killed and one officer was shot in his kevlar helmet, which stopped the round and saved his life.

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Bruce L Johnson @ 6/14/2016 8:28 AM

thank god for that military helmet !

Deputy Moose @ 6/14/2016 5:15 PM

Amen, to that bro. However, there are some on the left who want to strip the police of their military grade equipment.

BT @ 6/14/2016 8:39 PM

And once again, the Obama/Hillary group are jumping on "assault rifles".
Guess what Hillary & Barrack, I can empty my 15 shot 40 cal. Glock handgun in less than 5 seconds. Same as an assault rifle! Want to see it? Any time, any where. Challenge me! Please!!! Same as an assault rifle! Just because an assault rifle was used in many of these cases means nothing! Absolutely nothing! And if your ATF people are backing you, they are told to lie. I have 35 years in L.E. experience and can prove everything I just said.

Jim B. @ 6/15/2016 1:37 PM

BT, you don't think they are planning to stop at just rifles do you? The "assault rifles" are just the convenient target right now. If they ever are able to completely outlaw AR and similar rifles, high capacity semi auto pistols are going to be next. And they'll use the same arguments you just articulated. And, of course, once they get those out of the way, they will set their sights on revolvers, because who really needs six shots anyway?

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