Suspect had brushes with the law before
Omar Mateen was not unknown to US law enforcement. In 2013, he made inflammatory comments to coworkers and was inter viewed twice, according to FBI agent Ronald Hopper, who called the interviews inconclusive. In 2014, Hopper said, officials found that Mateen had ties to an American suicide bomber, but the agent described the contact as minimal, saying it did not constitute a threat at the time. Mateen also bought at least two guns legally within the last week or so, according to Trevor Velinor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. However, Mateen had no criminal record. He worked as a security guard at the G4S company, which identifies itself on its website as “the leading global integrated security company”.