The tragic attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida has gone down as the most deadly mass shooting in American history, but it could’ve been much deadlier according to police. During their press conferences on Sunday morning, Orlando police officials noted that one officer had been shot during the final raid on the club that took the life of suspected shooter Omar Saddiqui Mateen.
During the press conference, Chief John Mina noted that the officer in question was saved by his Kevlar helmet and now we have proof via the Orlando Police Twitter account:
Pure luck or just very good craftsmanship, the helmet saved this officer’s life. It also shows just what police were up against and why the decision was made to enter the club and end the standoff. You’d have to believe that had it not been for police action, the death toll could be higher. Mayor Buddy Dyer was quick to praise the actions of the community on Twitter:
The police also shared just how much the community has reached out to help the authorities on the scene and those being treated at hospitals in the area. Blood donations are piling up and Orlando PD shared the following on their feed:
The next police press update will be at 2 pm EST, but here is the fateful update that raised the stakes on this tragedy: