Police shot Pulse nightclub murderer Omar Mateen eight times from a distance, Mateen’s autopsy reveals.
The Orange County Medical Examiner released Mateen’s autopsy on Friday, along with those of 13 of his 49 victims. Mateen died of gunshot wounds to the head, chest, abdomen, calf and feet, an autopsy obtained by the Daily Beast indicates. Mateen was killed during a standoff with police at approximately 5 a.m. on June 12, after he opened fire on Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, shooting more than 100 people and killing 49. The Medical Examiner’s office told the Daily Beast that it would release more victim autopsies in increments, resuming Monday morning.
Police shot Mateen from a distance, the lack of “stippling, soot or muzzle imprints” around his bullet wounds, the autopsy suggests. The eight bullets appear to have entered his body while he was facing police. Mateen’s autopsy also revealed multiple cuts, as well as “blunt force injuries” to the torso.
Mateen tested negative for drugs and alcohol. And while medical examiners have previously reported that Mateen’s body showed signs of long-term anabolic steroid abuse, his urine did not show abnormal testosterone levels at the time of his death, the autopsy shows.