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POLICE UNION: Las Vegas police wrong for firing officer during 1 October response

Vegas PD releases more 1 October videos
Posted at 10:07 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 09:13:40-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A former Las Vegas police officer is fighting to get his job back after an investigation revealed he waited for more than two minutes to confront the worst, single mass shooter in modern US history.

Las Vegas Police Protective Association President Steve Grammas says former officer Cordell Hendrex was fired earlier this year after a lengthy investigation.

Grammas says media attention drew the department to look into Hendrex's response to the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2017.

Grammas says Las Vegas Metropolitan Police assert Hendrex waited too long on the 31st floor, one floor below, where the shooter was firing rounds onto thousands of Route 91 music festival attendees.

Grammas says Hendrex was following his training when he ascended to the area where the shots were coming from, only with his partner -- a police officer trainee.

According to Grammas, the department's training called for a four-person team to be assembled to engage the active shooter.

"He was on the 32nd floor, he was giving Intel," Grammas told 13 Investigates by phone.

"Eventually I believe he made it up to the 32nd floor, and again, there was a thought of multiple shooters out there," explained Grammas.

"It's not like Cordell hopped in his patrol car and drove away and went to a missing persons call on the other side of town," added Grammas.

Hendrex is mentioned 21 times by name in the final investigative report by Las Vegas Police.


Grammas says the union is fighting the termination through an arbitration process.

A decision on Hendrex's fate could come within 60 days.

13 Investigates contacted Las Vegas Police after business hours Tuesday and a request for comment was not immediately returned.


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