WASHINGTON - A man wanted for the fatal shooting of his estranged wife outside a high school in Prince George’s County along with two separate deadly shootings in Montgomery County was arrested Friday afternoon after a nearly day-long manhunt.
The suspect, 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil of Adelphi, Maryland, is an employee of the Federal Protective Service, a federal agency responsible for providing security and protecting over 9,000 federal facilities around the country. He was placed on administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him by his wife.
The protective order, obtained by the Washington Post, revealed alleged abuse by Tordil on his family. The document alleges that he threatened to harm his wife if she left him, and in one incident in 2010, she claimed, “He slapped me so hard during our altercation, my glasses broke on my face.”
The protective order also described Tordil subjecting her children to “intense-military-like discipline – push ups, detention in dark closet.” It also alleges he had a multiple handguns, a rifle and a hunting gun at home.
His wife, 44-year-old Gladys Tordil, was a chemistry teacher at Parkdale High School in Riverdale. The 62-year-old is accused of killing her in the parking lot of High Point High School Thursday afternoon while she was picking up her two daughters at the school. A bystander was also shot in the incident, but he is expected to survive.
A GoFundMe tuition fund for Tordil's daughters has been created as they are both set to attend college in the fall.
On Friday, Eulalio Tordil was taken into custody at an Aspen Hill shopping center hours after a fatal shooting of a woman outside a Giant grocery store in a neighboring shopping center across the street. Tordil is also suspected of a triple shooting in the parking lot of Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda about 30 minutes before the Aspen Hill shooting. One man died while another man and woman were injured in the shooting.
Police said they do not know what the relationship or connection, if any, there is between Tordil and the victims in Friday’s shootings in Montgomery County.
A weapon was found in Tordil's car when police apprehended him. The Federal Protective Service said Tordil's weapon, badge and credentials were taken when he was placed on administrative duty in March.
Tordil was apprehended in the same shopping center where a Michaels craft store is located, which is the first place where Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad began a shooting spree that impacted the area for three weeks and left ten people killed. Muhammad shot into the store, but did not strike anyone in that incident.
Authorities said Tordil ate at the same Boston Market restaurant, also located in the shopping center, as Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the other sniper convicted in the D.C.-area attacks.
Police also revealed Friday that Tordil did live in the Aspen Hill/Silver Spring area at one time and believed this was a neighborhood he was familiar with.
On Friday evening, Prince George's County police officially charged Tordil with first-degree murder and other related charges for the fatal shooting of his estranged wife. He is also charged with assault for the shooting of a bystander who attempted to intervene in a confrontation between the couple during the incident in the school parking lot. Charges are pending in Montgomery County.
Information from the Associated Press and Washington Post used in this report.