Sheriff Ken J. Mascara Makes the Following Statement regarding Omar Mateen
“Omar Mateen was one of multiple contracted security guards that rotated through the St. Lucie County Courthouse as part of a contract with G4S Secure Solutions USA Inc.”
“In early 2013, our staff was made aware of inflammatory comments made by Mateen. Our courthouse supervisor first requested that G4S management transfer him out of the courthouse rotation permanently. That was immediately granted. Our agency then made the appropriate notifications to inform our federal partners. It was at this time that the FBI began an investigation into Mateen that was later deemed inconclusive.”
Here is another from June 12:
A MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF KEN MASCARA AND CHIEF DIANE HOBLEY-BURNEY
The events that took place today in Orlando were certainly tragic and shake a community, let alone our nation, to its core.
The residents of St. Lucie County continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims, survivors, and their families in Orlando. We also express our gratitude to the heroic law enforcement and emergency medical professionals that quickly responded to this horrific incident. We wish God‘s blessing on them all.
Our agencies and community are working closely with members of the FBI, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other agencies to ensure a seamless investigation into this tragedy. All updates will be coordinated by the FBI and will be released when appropriate.
If anyone has information related to this investigation, you can report it to the FBI Tip Line by calling (754) 703-2000.
About the Sheriff
The Office of the Sheriff is established by the Florida Constitution. As a constitutional officer, the Sheriff has the exclusive authority to administer his or her agency and is responsible for preserving the peace throughout the county, carrying out the laws of the state, the orders of Florida courts and the ordinances of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement and correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara was first elected by the people of St. Lucie County in 2000, and remains accountable to them.