Security firm that hired the Orlando gunman only evaluated him at the start of his nine year employment, but not again after the FBI had interviewed him twice
The security company that employed Orlando gunman Omar Mateen, G4S, onlypsychologically evaluated him once, at the start of his nine year employment with the company and not again after the company was made aware he had been interviewed by the FBI, the Guardian can report.
Mateen, who murdered 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday in Americas deadliest mass shooting, was subjected to a Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory [MMPI] test, a widely utilized psychometric test, in September 2007 when he joined the company. According to records seen by the Guardian, he received an above average rating with no clinical interview required. He was also subjected to a host of other background checks, including a criminal records check and an employment and education check at that time.
The 29-year-old was employed as an unarmed G4S guard at a gated retirement home in Port St Lucie at the time of his death. He had been moved to this role in October 2013 after working as an armed guard at a St Lucie county court.
Mateen was interviewed twice by the FBI in 2013, after he falsely claimed to be associated with the brothers who mounted the Boston marathon bombing. Although the company was later made aware of these interviews, it elected not to put Mateen through another MMPI test when he was re-screened, opting only to run a criminal background check.
A G4S spokesman said the company was not aware the FBI had interviewed Mateen at the time the second background check took place. The FBI also determined Mateen did not pose a security threat.
The company, one of largest and most controversial security providers in the world, saw their stock price plunge on Monday after confirming the killer was an employee.
Daniel Gilroy, a former colleague of Mateens at the Port St Lucie retirement home told the New York Times on Monday that he had raised concerns on numerous occasions about the gunmans disturbed behavior, describing him as having issues and just constant anger and making frequent homophobic and racist remarks.
In a statement, G4S said it had no records of any complaints made by Gilroy and screenings in 2007 and 2013 yielded no adverse findings.
Mateen spent time working as a G4S guard at the St Lucie juvenile assessment center before moving to the county court position in 2012. A G4S spokesman said Mateen was never employed at the St Lucie nuclear power plant, where the company also manage security.