"He talked about killing people all the time"

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A former police officer who once worked with Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen describes him as "unstable and unhinged."

Daniel Gilroy says he worked with Mateen at the G45 security company. Gilroy called him an angry, loud, profane man who used slurs for gay people, blacks, Jews and women. Gilroy said Mateen also regularly made threats of violence. "He talked about killing people all the time." Gilroy wasn't surprised when he learned of the massacre. "I saw it coming."

Gilroy said Mateen started badgering him and sending dozens of text messages to him daily. Gilroy said he reported Mateen's behavior to his bosses. "I kind of feel a little guilty that I didn't fight harder. If I didn't walk away and I fought, then maybe 50 people would still be alive today."

Officials are giving more details about the law enforcement response to the mass shooting that left 49 people dead, plus Mateen.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Monday morning an extra officer was working at the Pulse nightclub in full uniform. The officer engaged with the 29-year-old Mateen near an entrance. Additional officers entered and engaged Mateen in another gun battle, before he retreated to the bathroom. "At that time we were able to save and rescue dozens and dozens of people and get them out of the club."

Officers then secured everything and the SWAT team was brought in. Mina says officers then set up for an explosive breach on the bathroom wall. Mina says he made the decision to breach the wall, which created a hole through which dozens of clubgoers were rescued. Mateen then exited through the same hole and engaged in another gun battle with officers and was killed.

Families of 24 of the 49 victims from the massacre have been notified. All the bodies were turned over to the medical examiner Sunday night.