Sus­pect had brushes with the law be­fore

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

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”.

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