Las Vegas Police were not sure gunman was still in the roomLos Angeles Post-Examiner

Las Vegas Police were not sure gunman was still in the room

“We need to pop this and see if we get any type of response from this guy, to see if he’s in here or he’s actually moved out somewhere else.”

That remark was made by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT officer seconds before they conducted an explosive breach on the gunman’s door, almost 70 minutes after he first started firing into a crowd that left 58 people dead and almost 500 wounded.

Some experts in tactical operations agree that they waited too long to make entry into the room. Others say it turned into a barricaded suspect incident because he stopped shooting and therefore there was no urgency to make entry.

Nobody could have said for sure that night that the gunman would not have opened fire again.

In a city that bets on the odds, there was a 50/50 chance that he could have, except in this instance the stakes weren’t cash, it was human lives.

Every second counts, specifically when a shooter is firing weapons that can lay down as much fire power as was the case here.

The police never made verbal contact with the shooter Stephen Paddock.

If the police had any suspicion at all that maybe he “moved out somewhere else,” then why wasn’t entry made sooner?

If the gunman wasn’t in that room, then he was a danger to the public at large.

One tactic that is used by terrorists is to open fire, then conceal the weapon and make an escape into the panicked crowd.

Clark County Sheriff, Joe Lombardo told the press last week that the gunman planned to survive the attack and escape.

 

 

 


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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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