Las Vegas Mass Shooting: Why the silence and deleted social media posts?Los Angeles Post-Examiner

Las Vegas Mass Shooting: Why the silence and deleted social media posts?

LAS VEGAS — Sheriff Joe Lombardo is remaining silent on why Las Vegas Police Officer Cordell Hendrex, failed to act to confront gunman Stephen Paddock on the night of the October 1 Las Vegas massacre.

On Sunday the Los Angeles Post-Examiner reported that Hendrex’s wife Jennifer took to her Facebook account on October 2 and 6, 2017 and called her husband a ‘hero’ and then she followed that up with a YouTube video on October 19, 2017, detailing his account of what happened that night.

This Facebook post was deleted.

Those Facebook posts along with the YouTube video were deleted shortly after the Los Angeles Post-Examiner’s story was published.

Hendrex stated in his report that he was with a small contingent of armed personnel on the 31stfloor as they listened to Paddock’s gunfire coming from the 32ndfloor and failed to take any action to confront Paddock.

This Facebook post was deleted.

Hendrex by his own account was with three armed Mandalay Bay security managers and his trainee, Officer Elif Varsin on the 31stfloor.

Hendrex said he was aware of the active shooter at the Route 91 Music Festival and that he heard on his police radio, “One police officer said they were taking rounds and were pinned down and I could hear the gunfire in the background of the radio transmission.”

“As we rode up the elevator I distinctly remember saying a prayer in my head for all of us in the elevator and the ones still dealing with the shots coming at them.”

At some point, I pulled out my firearm, as I do not remember doing this, but when the doors opened on the 31stfloor my gun was in front of me and I was clearing around the corner and then down the hall to try and locate the shooter or shooters.”

“Once we were near the end of the hall we heard a volley of automatic rifle fire start. The sounds of the shots were so very loud and reverberated through the hall like thunder all around and above us.  Above us! I could tell that it was coming from the floor above us on 32.  I then told everyone to get back and we retreated a few doors from the end of the hall. I know I hesitated and remember being terrified with fear and I think I froze right there in the middle of the hall for how long I can’t say. I do know that at 2212 hours I got on the radio and told dispatch that I was inside the Mandalay Bay on the 31stfloor and that I could hear the automatic fire coming from the floor above us,” Hendrex said.

“I once again hesitated as the shots were still being fired from the 32ndfloor and I remember saying another prayer in my head for God to keep us safe. I did not know what to do next.”

At 2215 hours the last shots were fired, and we then made our way back to the end of the hall to the stairwell.”

Along with Sheriff Lombardo, MGMRI is also mute on this.

As I reported in previous stories, MGM Resorts International, the owners of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino have also been silent on this.

Why all the silence?

It may be because Mandalay Bay Security Manager Sottile told the FBI and LVMPD detective in a recorded interview that LVMPD Officer Hendrex was with him on the 32ndfloor during the time Paddock was firing from inside his room and that they remained on the floor even after the gunfire and covered Paddock’s suite to ensure that no one left the room.

How can Hendrex be in two different locations at the same time and why has Lombardo and MGMRI been covering this up for eight months?

After the Parkland, Florida high school shooting it was national news for months and rightfully so.

Why hasn’t anyone except the Los Angeles Post-Examiner been reporting on this Las Vegas cover-up?

The families of those 58 helpless concert-goers died that night and more than 400 others who were wounded deserve some answers.

Among those who were killed that night was off-duty LVMPD Officer Charleston Hartfield, who was attending the concert with his wife. Sheriff Lombardo said that Hartfield had died on October 1 while trying to aid others and called it a line of duty death because of his actions.

Rest in peace to all.

The truth will prevail.


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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a United States Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 35 years of real-world investigative experience. He has 19 years experience in a hotel and casino environment, 14 of which were in security management positions. In 1986 he was awarded Criminal Investigator of the Year by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. Contact the author.

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