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US Vegas officer fired for inaction in 2017 massacre reinstated

23:15  13 march  2020
23:15  13 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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1, 2017 mass shooting. Las vegas cop 'Terrified with fear' as gunman murdered dozens, body Grammas told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which first reported Hendrex's firing , that the union does not believe the officer should have been fired and is fighting to get him reinstated .

How the Las Vegas Gunman Planned a Massacre , in 7 Days of Video. As a gunman fired hundreds of rounds into a crowd below the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas in 2017 , Officer Cordell Hendrex stepped out of the hotel elevator with his pistol drawn and advanced toward the sound of gunfire.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A veteran Las Vegas police officer who was fired for hesitating in a casino-hotel hallway in October 2017 while a gunman upstairs carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been reinstated to his job, authorities said Friday.

FILE - This Oct. 3, 2017, file photo shows the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, right, overlooking an outdoor festival grounds across the street, left, in Las Vegas. Officer Cordell Hendrex , a veteran Las Vegas police officer who was fired for hesitating in a downstairs casino-hotel hallway while a gunman in October 2017 carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been reinstated to his job, authorities said Friday March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This Oct. 3, 2017, file photo shows the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, right, overlooking an outdoor festival grounds across the street, left, in Las Vegas. Officer Cordell Hendrex , a veteran Las Vegas police officer who was fired for hesitating in a downstairs casino-hotel hallway while a gunman in October 2017 carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been reinstated to his job, authorities said Friday March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Officer Cordell Hendrex is due to return to work March 21 following an arbitrator’s ruling in his bid to get his job back, according to the head of the city's police union.

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As a gunman opened fire on concertgoers from his Las Vegas suite in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, Officer Cordell Hendrex waited in a hallway a floor below while the bullets flew, a police report said.

As gunfire rained onto a crowded Las Vegas music festival, killing 58 people, Officer Cordell Hendrex, a trainee and armed security guards held their position for nearly 5 minutes. 18 months after the massacre , Hendrex was fired by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department

“Nothing coming out of 1 October is a victory,” Steve Grammas, Las Vegas Police Protective Association executive director, said of the shooting that left 58 people dead and more than 850 injured. “But Officer Hendrex is happy that everyone can put this behind them.”

Department officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Body-camera video showed Hendrex, a Las Vegas officer since 2007, leading a rookie officer and three Mandalay Bay security officers on the 31st floor of the hotel, one floor below where the gunman was firing, and stopping when they heard volleys of gunfire during a three-minute span.

Upstairs, Stephen Paddock, 64, a former accountant and high-stakes video poker player, was using a cache of assault-style weapons he'd amassed to rain bullets for more than 10 minutes from the windows of a 32nd floor suite into a country music festival crowd of 22,000 people. Most of the rifles were fitted with rapid-fire "bump stock" devices and high-capacity magazines. Paddock killed himself with a handgun before police used explosives to blast through his door and find him more than an hour later.

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A Las Vegas officer who stood frozen during the 2017 massacre has been fired , according to police. Officer Cordell Hendrex hesitated in the hallway of the 31st floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino while above him But police union officials say that he did nothing wrong and want him reinstated .

18 months after the massacre , Hendrex was fired by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, admitting he was terrified and froze. As gunfire rained onto a crowded Las Vegas music festival, killing 58 people, Officer Cordell Hendrex, a trainee and armed security guards held their position for

Hendrex’s group remained in the hallway for about five minutes before Hendrex led them halfway up a stairwell toward the 32nd floor. They remained there for at least 15 minutes, when the video clip ends.

Hendrex later acknowledged in a written police report that he was terrified.

"I froze right there in the middle of the hall for how long, I can't say," he wrote.

Grammas said Hendrex was the only Las Vegas police officer disciplined for inaction directly related to the shooting.

His reinstatement through a union arbitration process was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“(The arbitrator) wrote in her opinion that she didn’t feel that his actions that evening rose to the level of termination or any discipline at all,” Grammas told the newspaper.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said last year that some officers received lesser discipline for turning off or failing to activate body-worn video cameras. Another was disciplined for accidentally firing a three-round burst of gunfire inside the shooter's hotel room.

Grammas noted Friday that Hendrex didn’t “run out of the hotel,” but became part of the team heading toward Paddock’s room.

“The truth is, we are not superhuman” the union official said.

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