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A Las Vegas police officer stands by a blocked off area near the Mandalay Bay casino, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. Authorities said Stephen Craig Paddock broke windows on the casino and began firing with a cache of weapons, killing dozens and injuring hundreds at the festival. (AP Photo/John Locher)

An officer accidentally fired his weapon in the Las Vegas gunman's hotel room


A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer accidentally fired his weapon in the hotel room of the city’s recent mass shooter, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Review-Journal on Monday reported that Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo confirmed that the discharge occurred after Stephen Paddock’s rampage on Oct. 1.

“It happened and we’re investigating it, just like we do with any officer-involved use of force,” he said.

“Nobody was struck,” Lombardo added of the incident inside Paddock’s 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Lombardo said that the firearm went off inside Paddock’s room sometime after officers made entry there.

The sheriff added that the round or rounds were not fired in the same room where Paddock was found dead with what has been characterized as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Review-Journal reported that it remains unclear what caused the officer in question, who has not been identified, to fire his weapon.

Lombardo also confirmed Monday that the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino did not have security camera’s facing Paddock’s room.

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There were also no cameras facing the stairwell Paddock seemingly sealed before opening fire, he added, only some facing the elevators instead.

Lombardo previously said that officer’s breached Paddock’s corner suite at 11:20 p.m. local time, roughly an hour after he stopped firing his weapon for unclear reasons.

Paddock opened fire on a nearby outdoor concert earlier this month, ultimately killing at least 58 people and wounding at least 500 others.

The Clark County coroner’s office had not released Paddock’s official cause or manner of death as of Monday afternoon.

Paddock’s attack became the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history and reignited national debate over gun control.

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