Police chief regrets not reaching Md. gunman sooner

WASHINGTON — The Prince George’s County police chief said he has regret about how an investigative tactic may have affected the outcome of a two-day shooting rampage spanning two counties.

On Thursday, May 5, Prince George’s County officers rushed to High Point High School and found 44-year-old Gladys Tordil with a gunshot wound. Surveillance video showed her estranged husband, 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil leaving the parking lot.

Knowing Tordil, a federal officer, had police experience changed the investigation, Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said.

“We knew that if he knew we had identified that vehicle, then he would leave that vehicle. At that point we didn’t have a direct route to finding him,” Stawinski said on News Channel 8.

However the next morning,  prosecutors say Tordil drove that car to Westfield Montgomery Mall and then to a grocery store parking lot, killing two people and wounding others.

“My deepest regret is that we didn’t get him in that vehicle before he was able to harm other people,” Stawinski said on News Channel 8.

Scott Gelman

Scott Gelman is a digital editor and writer for WTOP. A South Florida native, Scott graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019. During his time in College Park, he worked for The Diamondback, the school’s student newspaper.

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