Gunman killed himself in courthouse shooting
WDEL has learned the gunman that killed two people inside the New Castle County Courthouse Monday also took his own life.
State Police say 68-year-old Thomas Matusiewicz of Texas, armed with a semiautomatic handgun, fired a round of shots into the courthouse lobby that killed his former daughter-in-law 39-year-old Christine Belford and her neighbor, 47-year-old Laura Mulford, both from Newark. Both women were shot in the chest.
Police say Matusiewicz engaged in a gun battle, firing several shots that struck striking Capitol Police officers Michael Manley and Steven Rinehart in their bullet-proof vests.
Matusiewicz then fired a fatal shot into his own head.
Thomas Matusiewicz's son David Matusiewicz was due at the courthouse for a child support hearing, but he's now being held pending a hearing on a violation of his federal probation.
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