After getting hit with a bullet fragment Mandalay Bay Security Officer Jesus Campos said, 'I’m going to try to use it to my advantage' - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

After getting hit with a bullet fragment Mandalay Bay Security Officer Jesus Campos said, ‘I’m going to try to use it to my advantage’

LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts International employee Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay Hotel security officer who was on duty on the night of the October 1,2017 Las Vegas Massacre told a family member after the shooting that he was going to try to use getting shot to his advantage.

Campos, who by his own admission to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detective during his recorded interview, stated that he discovered the bracket that was drilled into the Mandalay Bay Hotel 32nd floor fire stairwell door with screws, prior to Stephen Paddock opening fire.

Campos told the LVMPD detective that he then heard drilling noises coming from deep inside Paddock’s suite, Room 32-135, and walked away without investigating the suspicious noises.

When Campos appeared on ABC News’ Nightline on December 18, 2018 he said, “This was the last call of my night. I was home free after this.”

I wonder if that’s why Campos failed to do his job when he didn’t stop to investigate the suspicious “drilling” noises inside Paddock’s suite after he had just observed the bracket that was screwed into the fire exit door.

Two plus two equals four.

Or is there some other reason yet unknown?

Campos’ former brother-in-law, Luis Castro, provided the Baltimore Post-Examiner with screenshots of text messages between Campos and himself, sent after the October 1, 2017 Massacre.

Castro told the Baltimore Post-Examiner that Campos’ nickname is “YuYu.”

The text messages are as follows:

Castro: Heard you got shot man.

Campos: Yea. Tupac back.

Castro: You good though bro?!

Campos: Yea I’m good.

Castro: Do you get to keep the bullet?

Campos: idk [I don’t know] if they want it for evidence.

Castro: You better keep it.

Campos: Frame it y todo [and all].

Castro: Put it on a necklace.

Campos: HAHA.

Castro: Glad you’re okay though bro. You saw a bunch of people get shot?

Campos: Na I didn’t I was in the tower.

Castro: Damn put this on your resume. You’ll become sheriff.

Campos: Lmao [laughing my ass off] swat.

Castro: They talkn bout u on the news.

Campos: Yeah. Yea I was told.

Castro: You better get some compensation lol. You gonna go on TV?

Campos: Maybe.

Castro: I’ll let you borrow my Fuck Trump shirt.

Campos: Na I’m keeping it humble I don’t like him but I’m trying to use it to my advantage.

Castro: Wear the Mexican flag like a cape.

Campos: Yea maybe.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s final criminal investigative report on the Las Vegas Massacre:

“Security Officer Campos heard what he described as a rapid drilling sound coming from Room 32-135 after he hung up the phone [in the 32nd floor vestibule that leads to the fire exit door].”

The Baltimore Post-Examiner reported in a previous story that that statement in the LVMPD final report conflicts with what Mandalay Bay Hotel Engineering Supervisor Shannon Alsbury told the police during his interview. Alsbury said that Campos told him he heard the drilling noises while on the phone with him, before Campos hung up.

“As he walked down the 100 Wing hallway, Campos heard what he described as automatic gunfire coming from the area of room 32-135 and realized he had been shot in the left calf. He took cover in the alcove of rooms 32-122 and 32-124 and utilized both his cellular phone and radio to notify his dispatch he was shot.”

“Security Officer Campos advised he was shot with a BB or pellet gun.”

That statement continues to bother me. It makes no sense. Campos heard automatic fire, then thinks he was shot with a BB or pellet gun?

The LVMPD final investigative report indicates “Campos was struck in the left calf with a bullet fragment.”

Just to clarify what the LVMPD wrote in their final investigative report.

When Campos called in over his radio he did not say that he was shot at that time.

Campos said over his radio in a very calm and relaxed voice that shots were coming from Room 32-135.

He later called into security dispatch by cellphone and it was at that time when he told them he was shot.

The LVMPD nor MGM Resorts International, the owners of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, have yet to release Campos’ cell phone records to the public which should indicate the time he called in. The LVMPD report makes note that cellphone records were used to establish their timeline, in part.

As for Campos’ remark that he was going to try using getting shot to his advantage, it was disgraceful, taking into consideration that the October 1 tragedy left 58 people dead and almost 500 others wounded by Paddock’s gunfire.

I guess it did turn out to his advantage though. Just read our December 9, 2018 Baltimore Post-Examiner story, EXCLUSIVE: MGM Resorts International buys Mandalay Bay Security Officer Jesus Campos’ silence with all expenses paid trips, condos in exchange for NDA.”    

As for the victims and the families of those who were killed during the Las Vegas Massacre, they have yet to be compensated for their injuries and loss.

While those who were affected both physically and emotionally from the tragedy, which was entirely preventable and foreseeable, they still anguish in their pain as MGM Resorts International broadens its multi-billion dollar business empire across the country and the world.

MGM spokesperson Debra Deshong did not respond to the Baltimore Post-Examiner’s request for comment. Jesus Campos did not return our calls.

Silence seems to be a common thing in this case.







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Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.


  1. CraigJ says:

    All who died were shot according to final Coroners report.

  2. 1Ranger says:

    What was being ‘drilled’ deep inside the room? The bracket was already in place. The peep hole camera didn’t need a hole did it? Why is this not addressed in Metro’s report?

    Where is the ‘shrapnel’ from a rifle round – or was it a BB or pellet? Officer Clarkson also got hit by shrapnel – scratched on the neck by the descriptions given. Was that shrap/evidence maintained?

    Sheriff Lomardo once said ‘hundreds’ of round had been fired through the door…in reality, there are about 30 holes…so was the door open?

    How did Trump’s name come up? Was there talk that this tragedy was supposed to send an anti-gun message?

    And on and on and on…Thanks goodness Doug Poppa will get some answers!

  3. Steven Adams says:

    How many died from gun shots and how many trampled to death in the stampede? It will come out that many victims were not even shot and they were crushed to death and at least one female ran out of concert and into the traffic and was struck by a car and killed.


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