Orlando police officers entered the Pulse nightclub as the attack by a radicalized Muslim gunman was in progress, but were told not to engage the shooter… instead, the officers waited on the SWAT team.
That’s the account of Officer Brandon Cornwell, who was among the first officers to enter the nightclub by breaking through a large glass window as Omar Mateen was still firing his weapon, The Washington Post reported.
The Post reported:
After an initial burst of fire between Omar Mateen and a security guard at the Pulse nightclub, a group of five or six police officers arrived on the scene within minutes, broke through a large glass window and entered the club as the killing of 49 people was underway inside, according to a Belle Isle, Fla., police officer who was among the first responders.
Officer Brandon Cornwell, 25, said the ad-hoc team spent the first seconds in the dimly lit club “trying to locate exactly where the shooter was — we kept hearing people scream and shots fired.”
He and the other officers followed the sounds to the bathroom area, where Mateen was now holed up. But instead of entering the bathroom, the officers aimed their assault rifles toward the area and were told by commanders to hold their position as the sounds of gunfire stopped, according to Cornwell. And so they waited “15 or 20 minutes — could’ve been longer” — until the SWAT team arrived, he said. Cornwell never saw Mateen.
We will see what other information comes out. Bob Owens thinks heads should roll over this