Las Vegas Police Department releases body camera footage from shooter’s hotel room

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released body camera footage that shows officers entering gunman Stephen Paddocks suite at the Mandalay Bay on Oct. 1.

The clips released Wednesday are from cameras worn by Sgt. Joshua Bitsko and David Newton, both are canine officers. A third officer’s camera was not working.

The video is around three hours long. KLAS has published approximately six minutes of when the officers breached the room.

There is also video of the officers on the casino floor coordinating as well as them in the elevator. At one point, the officers enter a guest room and order the guests, who are in bed, to leave the room for their own safety.

This video is the first of the public records that Metro was court-ordered to release to the media. In Feb., a judge ruled that the records should be released, but Metro fought that order saying it would be very expensive to do that. Metro did appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court but lost.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced Tuesday that the 9-1-1 calls and video clips would be released over several months. He said, the task is labor-intensive and time-consuming. He was also concerned about the traumatic impact it might have on survivors and family members.

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