Middletown police chief returned from Las Vegas days before shooting

2:48 p.m Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 Middletown
Middletown Police Chef Rodney Muterspaw returned Thursday from a trip to Las Vegas, where he had stayed at the Luxor Hotel & Casino, which is connected to Mandalay Bay. Police say a man opened fire Sunday evening from his Mandalay Bay hotel room onto a concert crowd below, killing at least 58 people and injuring another 500. FILE PHOTO

When Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw tuned into news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas early this morning, he saw the hotel he stayed in just last week.

“I could see the hotel where we stayed. It was just terrible,” Muterspaw told this news outlet.

“We stayed at the Luxor, which is connected to Mandalay Bay, and did a lot of things there. It is wide open, a massive place,” he said, adding that he visits Las Vegas about three times a year with family and friends.

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Muterspaw returned Thursday from his most recent trip to Las Vegas.

“Vegas is a safe place, there’s police all over the place,” he said. “But when you get someone like this with an assault rifle who has the high ground, there is nothing that you can do.”

Muterspaw said that as a police officer he understands the mass confusion created as gunshots ring out.

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“People didn’t know which way to run. They didn’t know who was shooting or where,” Muterspaw said.

The deadly shooting will not deter him for returning to his favorite vacation spot, he said.

“It is not going to keep me from what I want to do,” Muterspaw said.

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