A former Las Vegas police officer is fighting to get his job back after an investigation revealed he waited for more than two minutes to confront the gunman who killed 58 people in an attack on the Route 91 festival in October 2017.

Las Vegas Police Protective Association President Steve Grammas told KTNV former officer Cordell Hendrex was fired earlier this year after a lengthy investigation.

Grammas says Las Vegas Metropolitan Police assert Hendrex waited too long on the 31st floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, one floor below, where the shooter was firing rounds onto thousands of festival attendees.

Grammas says Hendrex was following his training and that he did make it up to the gunman's floor to provide intelligence to other responders. Grammas adds that the department's active shooter response policy did not specify single officer response and that Hendrex only had a pistol to use against the rifle-wielding gunman.

"It's not like Cordell hopped in his patrol car and drove away and went to a missing persons call on the other side of town," added Grammas.

 

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