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Maryland Shootings Suspect in Custody; Is a Federal Agent

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on May 06, 2016 2:18 PM

Eulalio Tordil, a law enforcement officer with the Federal Protective Service, is in custody following three deadly shootings in Maryland over the last two days. Tordil allegedly shot and killed his wife Thursday evening, then killed two more at two separate mall shootings that also left two injured.

The Prince George's County Police Department is "investigating a possible link" between the shootings -- the first of which was in a high school parking lot and the others at a mall and supermarket -- but it was not immediately clear that the killings are related.

Two-Day Shooting Spree

Police believe Tordil shot and killed his estranged wife Gladys last night in the parking lot of High Point High School in Beltsville, and also shot a Good Samaritan who came to her aid. They also think he was the shooter at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, killing one man and wounding another and a woman around 11:30 this morning. (According to police, one victim was shot initially and the other two came to help.) Twenty minutes later, a woman was shot and killed at a Giant Food supermarket in Silver Spring.

Although Tordil's wanted poster from Thursday noted "threats to commit suicide by cop," he was arrested in Aspen Hill area without incident.

Homeland Insecurity

The Federal Protective Service is a division of Homeland Security tasked with providing security services at federal buildings and several foreign embassies in the Washington, D.C. area, and Tordil supervised contract employees handling security at federal facility entrances. Homeland Security officials told NBC News Tordil was put on administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him, although it's unclear who filed for protection. Later he was placed on administrative leave and "required to surrender his government-issued weapons, badge, and credentials."

Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain told press that links between the shootings "will obviously [need to be] further vetted," and they are "certainly looking at all angles."

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