Published On: Mon, Feb 11th, 2013

David Matusiewicz identified as Delaware courthouse shooter, killed ex-wife Christine Belford and one other

Three people are dead, including a gunman who opened fire in a courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware, Monday morning, Delaware State Police said.

UPDATE: Former Father-in-law not ex-husband the shooter (more here) for details on the hearing which may charge David and his mother as accomplices, read here

David T Matusiewicz

David T Matusiewicz

Two Capitol Police officers were wounded in the gunfight, but their injuries aren’t life threatening because they were wearing bulletproof vests, police said.

“The suspect in an early morning shooting at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington and two victims, both female civilians, have been pronounced dead. Two Capitol Police officers have sustained non-life threatening injuries.

“Police on the scene indicate the shooter did not get past the building’s metal detectors before he opened fire. A state police spokesman says the shooting took place in the public lobby before those entering the building reach security and the metal detectors.”

DelawareOnline.com, the website of the Wilmington News Journal, reports it has been told by “numerous law enforcement and legal sources” that the gunman was “a former optometrist who spent time in federal prison for kidnapping his three daughters and bank fraud in 2007.” It’s thought that one of the women who were killed was his ex-wife.

He acted alone, State Police Sgt. Paul Shavack said, and the shooting was not an act of terrorism.

Matusiewicz’s ex-wife allegedly had accused him of abducting their children in Nicaragua, and telling them that she’d committed suicide, multiple news reports said. At the time, Matusiewicz was facing several federal bank-fraud charges, they said.

The drama with the ex-wife, Christine Belford, can be read here.


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