The wife of the Pulse nightclub shooter — Noor Salman, age 31 — told the FBI she was sorry for lying to them about her knowledge of her husband’s planned attack.
Specifically, Salman admitted she “knew an attack was close,” and that her husband, Omar Mateen, was going to be part and parcel of it.
She appeared in court in January:
Mateen was killed by SWAT members responding to the June 12, 2016, massacre that left 49 nightclub-goers dead,
The Daily Mail has more:
The wife of the Pulse nightclub gunman apologized to FBI investigators for lying to them, said she ‘knew an attack was close’ in the days before the massacre and wished she could ‘go back to tell them’ about it before it was too late, it has been alleged.
Noor Salman, 31, the wife of Omar Mateen who was killed by a SWAT team on June 12, 2016, after slaughtering 49 people in the Orlando nightclub, allegedly made the remarks hours after the massacre.
She was being questioned by FBI agents and local police and is said to have given a written statement which authorities believe proves she knew what Mateen was planning.
Despite the alleged remarks, she was allowed to leave the interviews a free woman.
She moved to California with their young son, gave a media interview protesting her innocence and lived quietly until January this year when she was arrested for alleged involvement.
The statements are now being revealed for the first time as Salman prepares to stand trial in Florida.
They were revealed in court on Thursday at a suppression hearing. Her lawyers are trying to block them from going into evidence at her March trial.
The hearing continued on Friday but Salman did not take the stand as expected.
They say that they should not be considered by a jury because she was not in custody at the time, had not been arrested.
There is also a suggestion that she was not read her Miranda Rights by one of the agents she allegedly made them to.
The statements included a written one which she allegedly made to FBI investigators and comments she allegedly made to the Fort Pierce Police Department officer who was the first law enforcement agent to speak to her immediately after the attack.
Fort Pierce Police Department watch commander William Hall was the first officer who spoke to Salman visited her home at 4am on June 12.
He claimed in court on Thursday, according to Click Orlando which attended the hearing, that before he could even tell her what her husband had done, she seemed to know.
He described her behavior in the immediate aftermath of the shooting as ‘odd’ and said she told him unsolicited that her husband was ‘careful with guns and would never hurt anybody’.
Mateen had texted his wife at 2.30am, around 30 minutes into his killing spree and 1 hour and 30 minutes before police arrived at her home, to say ‘I love you babe’.
Those text messages purport that she did not know where he was.
The conversation was prompted by a 2am phone call from Mateen’s mother to Salman.
She allegedly asked her daughter-in-law if she knew where Mateen was and was worried. It is not known if the mother was ever questioned over why she was suspicious.
When police arrived at Salman’s house at 4am to say they wanted to speak to her, she allegedly asked if they wanted to take her to Disney World.
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