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Prosecutor: No Pulse clubgoers hit by officers' bullets

A prosecutor says no Pulse lubgoers were hit by responding officers' bullets and each time responding officers fired their weapons was reasonable and justified.
Orange circuit Chief Assistant State Attorney Deborah Barra describes the actions of the shooter in the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre, during a briefing Wednesday, February 13, 2019, in Orlando, Fla., to announce the results of a review of all shots fired by police in the mass shooting that left 50 dead. State Attorney Aramis Ayala says no clubgoers were hit by responding officers’ bullets and each time responding officers fired their weapons was reasonable and justified.
Orange circuit Chief Assistant State Attorney Deborah Barra describes the actions of the shooter in the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre, during a briefing Wednesday, February 13, 2019, in Orlando, Fla., to announce the results of a review of all shots fired by police in the mass shooting that left 50 dead. State Attorney Aramis Ayala says no clubgoers were hit by responding officers’ bullets and each time responding officers fired their weapons was reasonable and justified.
Published Feb. 13, 2019

ORLANDO — More than two and a half years after 49 people were massacred at a gay nightclub in Florida, a prosecutor says no clubgoers were hit by responding officers' bullets and each time responding officers fired their weapons was reasonable and justified.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala released her office's findings Wednesday after a lengthy investigation.

The prosecutor's office concluded that responding officers and deputies engaged with gunman Omar Mateen five separate times during the more than three hours that he was inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016.

Mateen was killed during an exchange of gunfire with SWAT team members.

His wife was acquitted last year of aiding and abetting him and lying to FBI agents during a federal trial.

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