WILMINGTON, Del. - Police have released more information about Monday morning's shooting, at the New Castle County Courthouse, that left two woman, and the apparent shooter, dead.
A preliminary investigation by the Delaware State Police showed that Thomas and David Matusiewicz, both of Texas, arrived at the New Castle County Courthouse around 7:40 AM, for a child support matter. 45-year-old David apparently went through security, and went into court, while Thomas, David's 68-year-old father, stayed in the public lobby area.
Police say around 8:15 AM, David's former wife, 39-year-old Christine Belford, and her friend, 47-year-old Lauren Mulford, both of Newark, came into the public lobby for the hearing, and were approached by Thomas who pulled out a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun. According to the report, Thomas then fired multiple shots at close range, hitting Belford. Mulford apparently tried to flee, but Thomas reportedly fired multiple rounds again, hitting Mulford as well.
Thomas Matusiewicz then apparently engaged in "gun battle" with Delaware Capitol Police Officers in the lobby, hitting two officers, in their ballistic vests. The report states that during the exchange of bullets, Matusiewicz was hit twice, once in the upper body, and a second, self-inflicted, wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police still are investigating the total number of bullets fired. The Chief Medical Examiner reports that Matusiewicz's cause of death was suicide - gunshot wound to the head.
Belford and Mulford were taken from the scene to Christiana Hospital, where both were pronounced dead. Their deaths were both later determined by the Chief Medical Examiner, as homicide - gunshot wounds to the chest. The two Delaware Capitol Police Officers who were hit in their vests, were both treated for minor injuries, and released.
Officers caught up with David Matusiewicz at the courthouse, where they found out that he was violating his federal probation, and held him for hearing.
The investigation into this incident is still on-going, while detectives continue interviewing, looking at surveillance tapes, and collect evidence. Detectives are asking anyone who was at the courthouse at the time of the incident, but left before speaking to Police, to contact Delaware State Police Troop 2 at 302-834-2620 x #0.
A court order has been issued, forbidding the alleged shooter's wife, Lenore, from seeing or contacting Bedford and David's children.
Monday, September 15 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:32:09 GMT
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