WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal security officer charged with killing three people in Maryland, including his estranged wife, voluntarily surrendered seven guns after a March court order, authorities said Tuesday.
Those weapons lined up with a list his wife provided, so officials didn't suspect he was withholding a weapon used in the shootings.
Lt. Col. Mark Roccapriore of the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office said in response to questions from The Associated Press that Eulalio Tordil of Adelphi turned in seven guns that were "consistent with" a general list of five that Tordil's wife provided in seeking a protective order against him in March.
Gladys Tordil alleged in a court filing that her husband had threatened to harm her if she left him and had previously subjected their children to "intense-military-like discipline," such as pushups and detention in a dark closet. She also made sexual abuse allegations. When asked to list weapons Tordil owned or had access to, she wrote in one place: a .40-caliber weapon, a .45-caliber weapon, a revolver, an M4 assault rifle and a hunting gun.
Roccapriore said Tordil's work-issued weapons were taken after a temporary protective order was issued in early March. A judge ultimately ordered Tordil to turn in all his weapons to the sheriff's office, but Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said Monday that Tordil apparently withheld multiple guns. McCarthy said Tordil used a .40-caliber Glock purchased in 2014 in Nevada in shooting two victims Friday in Maryland. His wife was fatally shot Thursday.
McCarthy said Monday that officials believe that in addition to the .40-caliber Glock, Tordil also had a rifle and a handgun that were not surrendered. McCarthy acknowledged during a press conference that officials rely to some extent on honesty in asking a person to turn over weapons.
Officials wouldn't have known Tordil still had access to a .40-caliber Glock based on what he turned in and his wife's list. His wife wrote that he had a .40-caliber weapon. Tordil turned in a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, Roccapriore said.
Roccapriore, the bureau chief of field operations for the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, said deputies cross-reference weapons turned in as a result of a protective order against any provided list and would follow up with the court if, for example, fewer weapons were surrendered than expected.
Two of the seven guns Tordil surrendered were registered in Maryland, Roccapriore said. Maryland law requires residents to register handguns and assault weapons in the state within 90 days of purchase or moving to the state. It was not clear whether or not Tordil was in compliance with the law.
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