Officers on the scene at Pulse Nightclub when Omar Mateen opened fire were forced to make tough decisions in a matter of seconds. In a press conference on June 13, Police Chief John Mina detailed his team’s heroic rescue mission, which included exploding a wall of the nightclub and engaging in multiple gun battles with the shooter.
As Omar Mateen, 29, went on a shooting rampage at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, police had to quickly decide whether or not to blast an exterior wall of the venue with explosives so rescuing of those trapped inside to begin. Police Chief John Mina detailed his team’s decision to go ahead with the rescue mission, and revealed the vicious shoot-out between the shooter and cops that went down afterward.
Chief Mina addressed the tragic shooting during a press conference on June 13, and revealed that he decided to commence a rescue operation by blasting down a wall at Pulse when he realized that “further loss of life was imminent.” Obviously, it was an incredibly hard decision to make, because the use of explosives to open a hole in the wall could’ve also put lives in danger.
“[It was] a tough decision knowing that people’s lives would be placed in danger by that entry, but we trained for that,” he explained. The police chief also assured the public that this mission saved “dozens of lives,” as people being held hostage inside were able to escape through the hole.
Omar also made his way out of the club via the wall, and at that time, he began shooting at officers, who returned fire and killed him. Officers had engaged in fire with Omar before this, as well, but he was able to get away by retreating to the bathroom, where he was holding people hostage.
50 people, including the shooter, were killed during this violent attack, which also left 53 people injured. In the midst of his shooting spree, Omar called 911 to pledge his allegiance to ISIS, and during the rescue, negotiators were in contact with the suspect, who talked about bombs and said he was wearing a vest.
As of now, officials say there is no one else charged in connection to this crime, although there is currently an investigation into other persons. “We don’t believe that anyone else connected with this crime is putting the public in imminent danger,” the US attorney confirmed. We will continue to update you as more news develops.
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