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Ex-cop killed after firing at US courthouse in WVa

October 10, 2013
Associated Press

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine why a retired police officer fired up to two dozen shots at a federal courthouse in West Virginia on Wednesday before officers returned fire and killed him.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger identified the gunman as 55-year-old Thomas J. Piccard, of Bridgeport, Ohio. He was a retired Wheeling police officer.

Schwertfeger did not say whether Piccard used both the assault weapon and handgun he had during the assault on the Wheeling Federal Building or speculate on a motive. Officials said they had no knowledge of any sort of note left behind by Piccard.

Three on-duty security officers were injured by flying debris during the onslaught.

Investigators were seeking a search warrant for Piccard's home in hopes of determining a motive and if he acted alone.

 
 

 

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