The mystery surrounding last month’s devastating Las Vegas massacre continues to deepen this week, with police admitting that an officer discharged his weapon inside the gunman’s hotel suite; raising new questions over the events surrounding the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
According to Fox News, federal investigators confirmed Tuesday that a Las Vegas Police officer discharged his weapon inside Stephen Paddock’s 32nd floor hotel suite during the assault.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the “gun went off” after law enforcement stormed the suite, where they found Paddock dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“It happened and we’re investigating it, just like we do with any officer-involved use of force,” Lombardo told reporters. “Nobody was struck.”
The revelation that an officer fired his weapon during the breach breaks a nearly two-week long silence from investigators probing the case, adding further intrigue as the official timeline of events continues to change.
Last month, local law enforcement was forced to “correct” their timeline after management from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino confirmed to reporters that the police account of the incident was “inaccurate.”