2016 | Police & Fire

Shooting Suspect Eulalio Tordil Accused of Child Abuse, Fraud Prior to Arrest Friday

Tordil, a federal police officer, has been charged in shootings in Montgomery and Prince George's counties

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Shooting suspect Eulalio Tordil

Prince George's County Police

Updated – 9:30 a.m., Monday – The suspect arrested Friday in connection with fatal shootings in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties has been on administrative leave from his job as a federal police officer after his wife alleged he had abused one of their children.

Prince George’s County police charged Eulalio Tordil, 62, Friday in the killing of his estranged wife, 44-year-old Gladys Tordil, who was gunned down in the parking lot of High Point High School in Beltsville in Prince George’s County Thursday afternoon.

Tordil was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Aspen Hill by Montgomery County police in connection with shootings that occurred that morning at Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda and outside the Giant grocery store on Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill. He was arrested across the street from where the Giant shooting took place.

Police said Sunday that Tordil shot and killed 45-year-old Malcom Winffel, of Boyds, in the mall parking lot shooting. Tordil also shot a woman at the mall, who suffered nonlife threatening injuries, and critically injured a second man. Police said Winffel was attempting to help the woman after Tordil attempted to carjack her. Police did not release the names of the other two victims because they are witnesses in the case. In Aspen Hill, Tordil shot and killed 65-year-old Claudina Molina, of Silver Spring, during a second attempted carjacking as she sat in her car in the parking lot of a Giant grocery store.

On Saturday, Montgomery County authorities charged Tordil with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings at the mall and in Aspen Hill. He has also been charged with four counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Winffel's family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to help pay for his funeral costs.

In the Prince George’s case, police said Tordil followed his estranged wife and then confronted her while she sat in an SUV in the parking lot at the Beltsville high school. A different man suffered nonlife threatening injuries in the shooting at the high school. The incident followed a March custody case in which a judge ordered Tordil, an officer with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service, to surrender his firearms and stay away from his estranged wife.

Gladys Tordil wrote in a protective order cited by The Washington Post that Eulalio Tordil subjected her children to “intense-military-like discipline” and physically abused one child over a decade. The protective order also says Tordil threatened to harm his wife if she left him and that he kept four guns at the home.

The Post report noted he was placed on administrative duties and stripped of his gun and badge by the Federal Protective Service after the protective order was issued in March.

Maryland online court records indicate Tordil was previously divorced twice—once in 1994 and a second time in 2003—before marrying Gladys.

An Inspector General’s report on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published in 2008 found Tordil had been cited for fraud. The report notes he was working as a Federal Protective Service inspector for the Department of Homeland Security and participating in the HUD Good Neighbor program when he received a $26,500 discount on the purchase of a HUD-owned  property in Hyattsville, but failed to reside in it. He later agreed to pay $15,900 to HUD as part of a civil agreement with the agency.

The HUD program is designed to enable police officers, firefighters and teachers to buy homes at a discount in certain “revitalization” areas as long as they commit to live in the homes for 36 months. HUD started the program as a way to “strengthen America’s communities,” according to HUD’s website