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Las Vegas Police were unsure if gunman was still inside 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 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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