Police chief: Officers saved many lives at club

Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando’s police chief says officers were on the scene of the massacre at a gay nightclub within minutes and saved many lives.

Chief John Mina said at a Monday news conference that the timeline clearly shows officers’ arrival. He says officers’ initial entry caused gunman Omar Mateen to stop shooting. Mina also emphasized that the incident started as an active shooter situation.

Mina said of Mateen: “There was never a concern that he was going to get away. We were going to take him into custody.”

Mina also stressed that the investigation is continuing.

He says officials have conducted over 500 interviews and have more than 600 pieces of evidence from the crime scene at club Pulse. He says they’re nearly done processing the scene.

Mina also noted that the department is now also concentrating on providing security at vigils and other events.

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