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Pulse massacre: More than 400 shots fired by gunman and 14 responding officers, State Attorney says

No civilians struck by law enforcement during shooting
Posted at 7:08 AM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 11:32:13-05

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala held a news conference on Wednesday morning to announce the findings of the shoot review and the final FBI investigation into the Pulse nightclub massacre.

The news conference was held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive in Orlando.

Watch the news conference below:

Ayala took the stand and said the purpose of the news conference was to present her findings regarding the shoot review of shots fired by law enforcement officers at the Pulse nightclub while responding to the shooting.

Ayala explained that her office's involvement in the investigation is limited to two things:

  • A review of shots fired by law enforcement
  • A determination of whether or not those shots were justified

All other details are outside the scope of her responsibilities as the State Attorney.

Ayala's office received the final FBI investigation in May of 2018.

"As our city grieves the senseless tragedy of the Pulse nightclub shooting, I hope sharing the results of this investigation help the survivors and loved ones find some closure," Ayala said.

Deborah Barra, the Chief Assistant State Attorney, took the microphone to detail the shoot review.

Barra said more than 400 shots were fired on the night of June 12, 2016 in Pulse nightclub. Of those 400 shots, they were shot by 15 people, 14 of them were law enforcement and the 15th was Omar Mateen, however she did not say his name and only referred to him as "the shooter." Barra outlined the actions of the shooter and the actions of law enforcement who responded to the shooting.

Eleven of the officers were with the Orlando Police Department and three were with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

After the review of shots fired, all 14 officers have been cleared of wrongdoing and no civilians were struck by law enforcement members during the shooting, according to the results of the investigation released Wednesday.


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