Official: Courthouse shooter was ex-father-in-law

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2013 at 9:16 am •  Published: February 12, 2013
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Shavack said David Matusiewicz was being questioned and was in custody on a federal probation technicality. He did not provide details.

The identity of the shooter was not immediately clear to officials Monday. Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said he was told a man shot and killed his wife. David Matusiewicz's sister Amy Gonzalez was in tears when reached at her Texas home Monday and said she did not know who in her family was alive.

David Matusiewicz, a former optometrist pleaded guilty in 2009 to federal fraud and kidnapping charges after fleeing to Central America in a motor home with his three young daughters. Investigators said Matusiewicz, who was released from prison last year, kidnapped the girls after forging his ex-wife's name on a loan document.

According to court records, Matusiewicz fled to Central America after telling Belford — with whom he shared custody at the time — that he was taking the girls to Disney World for two weeks.

Matusiewicz's mother, Lenore, the gunman's wife, pleaded guilty to endangering the girls' welfare in connection with the kidnapping plot and was sentenced to 18 months.