After the Columbine massacre, SWAT strategy shifted from permitter defense to immediate response. This I know as a SIG SAUER Active Shooting Response trainer. But it’s no secret. Neither is the fact that the SWAT team at the Pulse nightclub waited three hours after arriving on scene before entering the facility and dispatching the killer. We know that they were negotiating with Mateen during this interlude.
The police spokesman said that command didn’t know how many casualties were involved before they finally eliminated the threat, and were surprised by the death toll. Here’s the thing: Mateen shot many, if not most, if not all of his victims with a 5.56 caliber SIG SAUER MCX. Chances are many of the victims bled-out prior to SWAT securing the scene.
What caused this delay? Analysis paralysis or sound negotiating tactics? Will we ever know?