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ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JUNE 12: Orlando police officers seen outside of Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The suspected shooter, Omar Mateen, was shot and killed by police. 50 people are reported dead and 53 were injured. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

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FDLE turns Pulse probe over to prosecutor

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has turned over its part of the Pulse nightclub shooting to a local prosecutor in Orlando.

The FDLE on Wednesday passed the case to State Attorney Jeff Ashton.

The FDLE was investigating the death of gunman Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and seriously injured another 53 patrons during the June 12 massacre at the gay nightclub.

Mateen was killed in an exchange of gunfire with Orlando police officers and Orange County deputies after a three-hour standoff. Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group during a call with dispatchers.

Prosecutors in Ashton’s office will determine whether the officers’ use of force was appropriate.

Meanwhile, the FBI continues its investigation into the deaths of the 49 victims.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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