Sheriff releases body cam footage from Pulse shooting

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) — Images recorded by the body cameras of police responding to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando show officers clearing entrances and going into the building where gunman Omar Mateen had barricaded himself in a bathroom.

About two dozen videos released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department revealed the uncertainty law enforcement officers faced as they responded to the June 12 shooting that left 49 dead at the gay nightclub. Mateen also died.

In one video, a deputy prepares stretchers near the side of the nightclub after the SWAT team blasted a hole in the wall to rescue trapped victims. Footage shows victims coming out of the building before he and others run for cover.

The sounds of officers running mix with the echo of police radios and even ringing cellphones.

The videos are the latest public records released. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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