The Norman Transcript

October 11, 2013

Man waved off bystanders

By Vicki Smith
The Associated Press

WHEELING, W.Va. — A prosecutor says a former police officer waved people out of harm’s way before peppering a federal courthouse in West Virginia with gunfire.

U.S. Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld said Thomas J. Piccard fired Wednesday from a parking lot across from the Wheeling Federal Building.

Authorities have said the 55-year-old resident of Bridgeport, Ohio, got off up to two dozen shots before law enforcement officers shot him to death.