Gunman killed himself in courthouse shooting

By Amy Cherry 10:23am, February 12, 2013 - Updated 3:40pm, February 12, 2013
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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