Who needs TV cop drama when news reports are giving us the real thing?
TV drama relies on set, setup, acting, compelling characters and storylines.
But this? The drama is entirely real. It’s a window into real Law Enforcement stepping up to be heroes in real life.
When Stephen Paddock started raining lead and panic on 22,000 unsuspecting festival goers trying to enjoy a Country Music act, police raced into action to stop him.
With the threat 32 stories up — in a hotel full of civilians — police couldn’t just return fire. They had to go find him and confront him in his hotel room.
It took police one hour and 12 minutes to locate Paddock in his hotel room on the 32nd floor after they received the first 911 call. Authorities say Paddock, who had been holed up in the room for several days, killed himself before officers breached the room at 11.20pm.
Officers found him among an ‘arsenal’ of weapons and ammunition, including at least 10 guns.
Moments before SWAT teams closed in on Paddock, officers could be heard on an audio recording warning others to get back in the hallway on the 32nd floor so they could breach his room. —DailyMail
They applied explosives to the door to break their way in.
‘We have sight on the suspect’s door. I need everyone in the hallway to be aware of it and get back,’ a SWAT member told a dispatcher.
‘We need to pop this and see if we get any further response from this guy to see if he’s in here or actually moved somewhere else.’
The dispatcher can then be heard relaying the information to other nearby officers.
‘All units on the 32nd floor, SWAT has explosive breach, everyone in the hallway needs to move back, all units move back,’ she said.
Seconds later, an officer could be heard saying: ‘Breach, breach, breach’ as the SWAT team blew off the door to his room. —DailyMail
Reports say Paddock turned his gun on himself once police arrived, and once police had gained access, he had already been fatally shot.
Ten or more guns were retrieved from within the hotel suite.