Del. courthouse gunman killed himself

Associated Press
Law enforcement officials makes his way around the perimeter outside the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, Del. on Monday Feb. 11, 2013, after three people died Monday morning in a shooting at a courthouse, including the shooter, authorities said.  (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Police say a 68-year-old man who opened fire in a Delaware courthouse lobby, killing his former daughter-in-law and another woman, fatally shot himself after exchanging gunfire with officers.

State police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said Tuesday that Thomas Matusiewicz of Edcouch, Texas, shot himself in the head after killing 39-year-old Christine Belford and her 47-year-old friend Laura Mulford on Monday. Two police also were hit by gunfire but were protected by their armored vests.

Authorities said Belford and Mulford were at the courthouse for a child support hearing for Belford's ex-husband, David Matusiewicz, following a bitter custody dispute.

David Matusiewicz was being detained by federal authorities Tuesday on charges that he violated probation after pleading guilty in 2009 to fraud and kidnapping charges for taking his children to Central America.

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