February 8, 2012
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Gunman shot dead after he opens fire on Middletown court
MIDDLETOWN – Court officers shot and
killed a man who opened fire inside the vestibule of Middletown City Court
Wednesday morning. The officers fired back, killing the man, but not before
one of the state officers was grazed. The shooter was identified as Timothy
Mulqueen, 43, of Middletown.
Ninth Judicial District Chief of Security Mary Ellen Murray praised her court officers.“It is our position and our opinion that our officers acted very appropriately and courageously and probably saved many lives this morning,” she said.
The incident occurred around 9:10 a.m. The suspect rode up to the bank next door to city hall on a motorcycle with a rifle sheath strapped to the side. The bike remained outside the building under police guard as the investigation continued.
Mayor Joseph DeStefano said the city had “landlord issues”
with Mulqueen and he held animosity. He even went to the mayor’s
house armed with weapons last summer looking for him. His daughters and
mother were home at the time. The police were called and he was found
nearby with those weapons. An order of protection was issued against Mulqueen
for the DeStefano family.
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