It seems there was a “mistake” made regarding some of the key details during the incident in Garland, Texas at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon contest earlier this month. Police are now saying that it was the department’s SWAT team, and not the “lone” officer, who killed the two suspects.
The initial report stated it was an unnamed off-duty “patrol officer” who neutralized Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, with his handgun, but on Monday Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates revealed in a public statement that “new” details have surfaced, that provide a slightly different account of the incident.
In his statement, Bates said that the unnamed officer had indeed shot and wounded both Simpson and Soofi during the May 3rd attack, but… his shots did not kill them. Members from their highly specialized and trained SWAT unit, arriving minutes after the incident began are responsible for the final termination of the terrorists, according to a Washington Post article.
“The Garland police officer returned fire with his duty pistol and wounded both suspects,” Bates said during a Monday press conference. “Within seconds, four members of the SWAT Tactical Response Team responded and also engaged both of the suspects, who continued their efforts to attack those at the location by retrieving additional weapons and ammunition.”
Bates goes on to say that the SWAT team was using assault rifles and duty pistols, and managed to dispatch both of the terrorists. “Dozens of rounds were fired by the suspects and the officers,” Bates stated.
He also stated that they later discovered that the suspects had three assault rifles, three pistols and hundreds of round of ammunition, both on their persons and inside their vehicle.
In his public statement, Bates also said that reports indicating that his department had information before the shooting that Simpson or Soofi might attack the event were “not accurate.” “No one … not the Garland Police Department, the FBI, the Texas DPS, nor any other agency had any information prior to the event that either suspect may target this event, No information was ‘missed’ or ‘ignored.’”
Many times the Mainstream Media will get stories “wrong” in their hurried efforts to report breaking news, and I will chastise those efforts every time, but the stories surrounding this particular incident, are in my own mind, raising a multitude of “red flags”. I am trying to be as objective as possible in regards to these “little” details, but it seems there may be a lot of “CYA” (cover your ass) type reports being made here.
The Director of the FBI makes a public statement that they issued warnings “prior” to the attack, and the local Police Department denying any knowledge of “said” prior warnings, although of note, Chief Mitch Bates does mention that it would not have made any difference in how the situation was handled.
What really bothers me about this latest revelation is; for an entire week it seemed as though “everyone” including the Garland Police Department was celebrating the accomplishments of a “lone patrolman”, when they had to have known at the time of the incident, that the information being published was absolutely not correct.
If I could ask only one question regarding this newest revelation, it would be:
“If you knew at the time of the incident that SWAT played a “major” role (there is NO way that SWAT could have neutralized the two suspects who were still firing upon the crowd without everyone present not knowing, and it is not a minor detail that could have “simply” been left out), then WHY did you let the MSM continue to propagate an obvious lie?”
I have my theories of why this is happening now, but I would love to hear the explanation to my question above, first.
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams