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Five Mandalay Bay security officers hid in restaurant during October 1 mass shooting

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department body-worn camera video footage shows that on the night of the October 1 mass shooting, police found five Mandalay Bay security officers hiding in a restaurant on the casino level of the hotel.

According to an LVMPD 911 Communications Center dispatch log, at 10:37 p.m.  on October 1, 2017, 3Mary15, who is inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel calls in and states, “I’m with a four-man group, we’re clearing the casino floor right now.”

3Mary15’s BWC shows several Mandalay Bay security officers patrolling on the casino floor as the police team is clearing various venues inside the hotel.  The BWC footage has no time/date stamp.  Audio from the BWC was correlated with the police radio dispatch log to obtain the approximate times for this story.


When the footage begins you can clearly see a uniformed Mandalay Bay security officer laying on the floor getting patted down by the police.  Why the police would be doing a pat down of security officers is unknown.

At 1:25 into the video 3Mary15 who is armed with a shotgun yells out to hotel guests that are walking on the casino floor; “Do not try to run, you’re going to get yourself shot.” 

At 2:54 into the video a security officer walks by the police and is called back by a police officer who asks him if someone can get them to Surveillance.  The S/O tells them that they already have a couple of Metro officers in Surveillance already, and the group then continues on.

At 8:02 into the video two Mandalay Bay uniformed security officers are observed on the casino floor directing guests where to go.  One of the security officers then hands an LVMPD sergeant his master keys.  At the same time, this is occurring, another police officer is telling his group that he heard on the radio that they have a suspect on Tropicana and Koval Lane near an RV. The 911 Communications Center dispatch radio log indicates that transmission went out at 10:43 p.m.

At 9:50 into the video you can see a Mandalay Bay security bike patrol officer passing in front of the House of Blues restaurant and he keeps walking by.

One of the police officers then directs his group’s attention to the left which is the entrance to the restaurant, noticing some people inside to the rear.  He gives the command, “Hands up everybody, start walking this way.”

Ten people start walking towards the police from the rear of the restaurant.

Four appear to be guests, one is a restaurant employee wearing an apron, and five are uniformed Mandalay Bay security officers. One is wearing the yellow shirt and black shorts of a security bike patrol officer who is equipped with a radio and appears to be armed with a weapon on his right side.  They are all patted down and told where to go.

Why these five security officers were hiding inside the House of Blues restaurant during an emergency situation as other security personnel are clearly seen in the video on the casino floor is not known.

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Doug Poppa

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.

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