On Wednesday, law enforcement has released partial footage, captured with body cameras, showing what occurred as police officers approached the hotel room where Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old gunman who fired on concert-goers last October, was holed up. The video was recorded by body cams on Sgt. Joshua Bitsko and David Newton.
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For unknown reasons, the first officer who entered Paddock’s room, Levi Hancock, did not activate his body camera.
The available footage shows a group of armed officers clearing the dimly lit hotel room where Paddock was staying and where he opened fire on the 22,000 person crowd attending an open-air concert at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.
58 people were killed during the incident.
In the video, a loud bang can be heard that triggers an alarm. Officers then proceed into the room, whispering to one another to coordinate their efforts.
One of the police officers was asked to check a butler’s cart near the room, and states, “Looks like it might be a camera of some sort.”
As they entered the room, one officer said, “Those are cameras pointed down the hallway,” likely referencing the cameras set up by Paddock outside of his room.
“Check under the bed,” an officer stated, while another loudly warns, “Watch these closets, watch your back.”
Police shouted “clear” as they left each room in the suite, the door to which is barely hanging on, swinging from a single hinge.
On Tuesday, according to a report by Fox News, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo stated at a news conference that the released footage “in no way changes the facts” that were initially released after the shooting and throughout the months-long investigation.
Las Vegas law enforcement has been trying to stall the release of the recordings, resulting in a court battle. On Friday, they were denied a bid to keep delaying their release.
“We’re grateful Las Vegas police have decided to comply with the court’s order,” said Las Vegas Review-Journal executive editor Glenn Cook. “All we’ve ever asked Metro to do is follow the letter of the Nevada Public Records Act, which makes clear that taxpayer-funded body camera footage, 911 recordings and other records can be reviewed by the public.”
Lombardo, speaking about the delay, stated, “At no point was the LVMPD trying to be uncooperative with the media or the public.”