WASHINGTON, January 16, 2017 – FBI agents have arrested the widow Omar Mateen in connection with the mass shooting at the Pulse Night Club in June of 2016. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has confirmed the arrest of Noor Salman.
Salman is expected to appear in court on Tuesday. The killer’s widow is facing charges of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting by providing material support to a terrorist organization.
Lynch made the announcement during a press conference on Monday.
“This is a matter that we continue to take very seriously … We said from the beginning we were going to look at every aspect of this case, every aspect of this shooters life—to determine not just why did he take these actions, but who else knew about them, was anyone else involved, is there any other accountability that needs to be had here in this case.”
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer thanked law enforcement agencies for bringing justice to this terrible tragedy.
Salman had been with Omar when he purchased ammo at Walmart and scouted out the Pulse night club in Orlando. She is currently being held at the Santa Rita Jail in California, where her family lives, but the case is filed in Florida, where her husband murdered 49 people, later pledging allegiance to ISIS.
The Justice Dept. released transcripts of Mateen’s 911 calls after the shooting. In one call, he said, “Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch told MSNBC that the charges showed investigators were committed to the case. Law enforcement has been considering filing charges against Salman for a year. Salman gave conflicting accounts about what she knew of Mateen’s intentions in the hours before the attack, authorities said.
One of the officers who responded to the massacre, Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, was shot and killed last week outside a Walmart in the city. Her suspected killer, Markeith Loyd, remains on the loose.