Sheriff: Officer accidentally fired weapon inside shooter's suite on 1 October

Route 91 Harvest Shooting (MGNOnline)

The sheriff in Las Vegas now says an officer accidentally fired his gun inside the high-rise hotel suite where the assailant responsible for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history killed himself before officers reached him.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the discharge of the officer's weapon was not in the same room where gunman Stephen Paddock was found dead.

Lombardo did not respond Wednesday to telephone and text messages from The Associated Press.

The new account comes almost a month after the sheriff said no police officers fired weapons during the Oct. 1 massacre that killed 58 people at an open-air outdoor music festival.

The report becomes the latest change in official timelines and accounts of the shooting, about which police and the FBI have said little in recent weeks.

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