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Lombardo: Paddock’s motive unknown and may remain so

LAS VEGAS — Speaking on June 5 at a luncheon held at a local golf club Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said they have “not determined the motive” and probably never will figure out why Stephen Paddock decided to fire upon the concert-goers and kill 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

Lombardo also said that the final LVMPD investigative report will most likely be released by the end of July, followed shortly thereafter by the FBI’s behavioral analysis report.

Rather than holding a public press conference out of respect for the families of those killed and the survivors of the Las Vegas Massacre, Lombardo thought that it was appropriate to make the announcement while addressing the Nevada Republican Men’s Club.  The price to attend the luncheon; $35 for members, $40 for non-members.

One thing Lombardo hasn’t spoken on is why one of his police officers, LVMPD Officer Cordell Hendrex, failed to confront Paddock on the night of October 1.

Hendrex by his own account was with an armed contingent of Mandalay Bay security personnel and another police officer on the 31st floor for several minutes while they listened to Paddock’s gunfire as he was slaughtering people across the street at the concert and took no action to intervene.

MGM Resorts International, the owners of the Mandalay Bay Hotel have also remained silent, even though a statement was given by one of their security managers to the FBI and the police strongly contradicts Hendrex’s account.

The Las Vegas media apparently has joined ranks with Sheriff Lombardo and MGMRI.

The Las Vegas Review Journal, The Las Vegas Sun, Nevada Public Radio, KSNV-TV NBC News 3, KLAS-TV CBS 8 News Now, KTNV-TV ABC 13 Action News and KVVU Fox 5 News, have all ignored the story on Hendrex.


The worst mass shooting in modern American history occurred in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017 and left 58 people dead and hundreds of others wounded by gunfire.  22,000 Route 91 Music Festival attendees had their lives changed forever on that tragic night.

Attorneys representing the LVMPD fought for months in the courts to halt the release of documents and other evidence relating to the criminal investigation until the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that the police had to start producing the documents to the media.

In a May 29 court hearing the LVMPD’s attorney, Nick Crosby told the court that the police may not have any record that lists all the officers who responded to the October 1 massacre.

“I don’t know if a record exists of every officer who responded to the scene,Crosby told the court.

If that sounds unrealistic it gets even worse.

Crosby also said that the LVMPD does not even have a list of all persons who filled out witness statements and they may not have a list of all the surveillance cameras that are located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Can you believe that?

Lombardo said at a press conference last year that he is offended by the word ‘incompetence.’  He should probably re-evaluate his comment.

During the May 29 court hearing the attorneys representing the media outlets that fought to have the October 1 records released, asked for an inventory of all the records available that relate to the court-ordered release.

The media would then select what records they deem are most important, by narrowing those down.

Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley said that by not having an inventory of all the records then there would be a bunch of expenses that would needlessly be incurred ultimately by the taxpayers.

The court ordered the LVMPD to produce a list of all 911 calls, a list of all the police officers who regularly wear body cameras and a list all the surveillance cameras on the Las Vegas Strip that were recording the night of the Massacre and their locations.

We will see what Lombardo comes up with.

Never forget the 58 victims of the Las Vegas Massacre, who died on October 1, 2017, because of gunfire reigning down on the concert venue for ten minutes.





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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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