Wife of Orlando Mass Shooting Gunman Arrested

Janis ColeJan 18, 2017

The FBI has arrested Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, who murdered 49 people at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub.

The 30-year-old was taken into custody by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents outside of San Francisco on Monday, the New York Times reported.

Orlando police and the FBI have investigated whether Salman had prior knowledge of her husband's plot. The Times' source said she was charged with obstruction.

Mateen was killed during a final shootout with an Orlando police SWAT team almost three hours after he opened fire on the club.

She has moved several times since the shooting and moved from her Fort Pierce home to her native California.

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The Times first reported on the arrest.

"I kind of thought since she's living that close to somebody and married to him that she may have known more than she's putting out", said neighbor Catherine Lawrence.

Salman will make an initial appearance at the federal courthouse in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday.

Mateen called 911 while he was inside the Pulse nightclub and pledged allegiance to ISIS, but officials said there was no evidence he was directly trained by the militant group. They declined to let Ms. Salman, 30, talk about her discussions with the F.B.I., but Mr.

Salman also said he had physically abused her, which her attorney reiterated Monday.

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But in a statement sent to NBC News, Salman's attorney, Linda Moreno, said in a statement that Mateen's widow had no advance knowledge of what her husband would do that night at the Florida gay club.

She said that in the four months they were together he cut her off from her family and regularly beat her.

"But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime", he continued.

After the Pulse shooting, Salman filed a petition to change their now four-year-old son's name.

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