Suspect arrested in shootings at Maryland shopping centers

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Police Arrest Man With 'Possible Link' to Shootings in Maryland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Police arrested a man on Friday suspected in three shootings over two days in the Washington, D.C. suburbs that killed three, wounded three and revived memories of the "Beltway sniper" attacks of 2002.

Eulalio Sevilla Tordil, 62, a police officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was arrested near the shopping center where the second of Friday's two shootings took place, police said.

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He had been suspected of killing his wife and shooting a bystander on Thursday in Prince George's County, Maryland.

When a pair of shootings broke out in neighboring Montgomery County on Friday, investigators turned their attention to Tordil, who had threatened to commit "suicide by cop," police said.

The first of Friday's incidents began with a confrontation in a parking lot at Westfield MontgomeryMall in affluent Bethesda, Maryland, where two men and a woman were shot, police said.

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Members of the Montgomery County police collect evidence at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 6, 2016 in which one person was killed and two others wounded. A federal police office was taken into custody Friday after shootings in suburban Washington shopping centers that left two people dead and two others wounded. Authorities said they had taken into custody Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old officer in the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, which protects US government facilities.

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Eulalio Sevilla Tordil, 62, is shown in this undated photo provided May, 6, 2016. Police are seeking Tordil, an officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who is suspected of killing his wife and shooting a bystander on Thursday in Beltsville, Maryland.

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Members of the Montgomery County police collect evidence at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 6, 2016 in which one person was killed and two others wounded. A federal police office was taken into custody Friday after shootings in suburban Washington shopping centers that left two people dead and two others wounded. Authorities said they had taken into custody Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old officer in the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, which protects US government facilities.

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A member of the Montgomery County police searches for evidence under a car at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 6, 2016 in which one person was killed and two others wounded. A federal police office was taken into custody Friday after shootings in suburban Washington shopping centers that left two people dead and two others wounded. Authorities said they had taken into custody Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old officer in the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, which protects US government facilities.

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A mobile command post of the Montgomery County police is seen at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 6, 2016 in which one person was killed and two others wounded. A federal police office was taken into custody Friday after shootings in suburban Washington shopping centers that left two people dead and two others wounded. Authorities said they had taken into custody Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old officer in the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, which protects US government facilities.

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Captain Paul Starks of the Montgomery County police speaks to the press at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 6, 2016 in which one person was killed and two others wounded. A federal police officer was taken into custody Friday after shootings in suburban Washington shopping centers that left two people dead and two others wounded. Authorities said they had taken into custody Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old officer in the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, which protects US government facility. 

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Members of the Montgomery County police collect evidence at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 6, 2016 in which one person was killed and two others wounded. A federal police office was taken into custody Friday after shootings in suburban Washington shopping centers that left two people dead and two others wounded. Authorities said they had taken into custody Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old officer in the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, which protects US government facilities.

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A member of the Montgomery County police prepares to collect evidence at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 6, 2016 in which one person was killed and two others wounded. A federal police office was taken into custody Friday after shootings in suburban Washington shopping centers that left two people dead and two others wounded. Authorities said they had taken into custody Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old officer in the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, which protects US government facilities.

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Members of the Montgomery County police prepare to collect evidence at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 6, 2016 in which one person was killed and two others wounded. A federal police office was taken into custody Friday after shootings in suburban Washington shopping centers that left two people dead and two others wounded. Authorities said they had taken into custody Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old officer in the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, which protects US government facilities.

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Police stand by at the Aspen Hill, Md., Giant during investigations of shootings in at least three different Baltimore-area venues -- the Montgomery Mall, High Point High School, and the Aspen Hill food store -- as a suspect, 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, is taken into custody on Friday, May 6, 2016.

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Investigations of shootings in at least three different Baltimore-area venues -- the Montgomery Mall, High Point High School, and this one, at the Aspen Hill, Md., Giant food store -- as a suspect, 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, is taken into custody on Friday, May 6, 2016.

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Members of the Montgomery County police walk at the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 6, 2016 in which one person was killed and two others wounded. A federal police office was taken into custody Friday after shootings in suburban Washington shopping centers that left two people dead and two others wounded. Authorities said they had taken into custody Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old officer in the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, which protects US government facilities.

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Investigations of shootings in at least three different Baltimore-area venues -- the Montgomery Mall, High Point High School, and this one, at the Aspen Hill, Md., Giant food store -- as a suspect, 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, is taken into custody on Friday, May 6, 2016.

(Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

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One of the men died, the other was in critical condition, and the woman's life was not considered in danger, said Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain of Montgomery County police.

The second shooting took place about half an hour later, killing a woman at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center in Silver Spring, some 8 miles (13 km) away.

Bethesda and Silver Spring are suburbs of Washington in Montgomery County, which neighbors Prince George's County.

Tordil was an officer with Federal Protective Service and was known to carry a handgun, police said.

The second shooting took place about half an hour later, killing a woman at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center in Silver Spring, some 8 miles (13 km) away, police said.

Bethesda and Silver Spring are suburbs just north of Washington in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The suspect, Tordil, was an officer with the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective and is known to carry a handgun, Prince George's County Police said in a wanted poster.

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PLEASE RT: Montgomery Co. Police looking at possible connection to Eulalio Tordil, suspect in High Point HS shooting https://t.co/S1vU7GkPP2
Mall Shooting: 1 adult male victim is deceased. 2 other victims-1 adult male is critical, 1 adult female w/non-life-threatening injuries.
BREAKING: Gunman at large after opening fire in Maryland shopping mall; 3 injured https://t.co/hQCeDhaf5B https://t.co/8vClhIXI61
Reports of #shooting at the Giant at Connecticut Ave/Aspen Hill R. Unclear if related to @WestfieldMON Mall shooting. About 20 min from Mall
(1150a) 13700blk Connecticut Ave. near Giant store, MCFRS assisting PD w/ shooting, EMS on scene, no transport
Mall Shooting: Suspect is not in custody.
Mall Shooting: Victims appear to all be adults.
SHOOTING REPORTED: 13000 block of Connecticut Ave at the Giant Foods #AspenHill #BreakingNews https://t.co/wdzIoiENdX
JUST IN: Shooting reported at DC suburb mall https://t.co/IECPTS8ZA9 https://t.co/SFXIYkzT0D
Police say they have a person of interest in shootings. Expect to hear from Montgomery County Police in a few minutes.
Some news outlets reporting one person has died. https://t.co/eNJKk9tLTF
Source: Woman shot at Giant shopping center in Aspen Hill dead because of wounds. Avoid area. Heavy traffic around shopping center.
#BREAKING: Sources tell @ABC7Brad that they believe shooter at Montgomery Mall and Giant is Eulalio Tordil, yesterday's High Point suspect.
LIVE on #Periscope: Briefing on shootings https://t.co/7kQFEoydLH
Aspen Hill shooting: 1 adult female victim is deceased.
Due to shootings at Montgomery Mall and Aspen Hill Shopping Center, all Montgomery Parks facilities are on lockdown until further notice.
#BREAKING: All Montgomery County Public Schools are sheltering in place while police search for suspect in multiple Mont. Co. shootings.
Thoughts are with the victims of today's shootings, & with Montgomery County police as they make every effort to quickly apprehend suspect
Sources: suspect holed up in an Aspen Hill location
The 2 men shot in the Montgomery Mall Shooting in MD, were coming to the rescue of a woman shot first. Police say 1 man died, 1 critical.
Shootings UPDATE: Suspect IN CUSTODY in Aspen Hill area: Eulalio Tordil, 62. Press Conference to be held. Time: TBD https://t.co/cHQJRPa9uP
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The victim of Thursday's shooting at High Point High School was Tordil's estranged wife, Gladys, who taught chemistry at another school nearby. Her daughters, Grace and Nikki, were students at High Point and their mother was picking them up when she was shot.

"We do have reason to believe that this incident, the one in Aspen Hill, potentially the one also in Prince George's County, in High Point, was in fact related," McSwain said.

Authorities had temporarily locked down 14 schools near Friday's shooting sites and all of the county's recreational facilities as a precaution.

Tordil was on leave, having surrendered his gun and badge, after his wife obtained a protective order to keep him away, an official with the service said.

The three-week Beltway sniper ordeal rattled Washington and its suburbs until John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 at the time, were captured. Malvo was sentenced to life and Muhammad, a Gulf War veteran, was executed in 2009.

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