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Friday
Jun152012

Buffalo Shooter Found Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

ABC News(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The body of Dr. Timothy V. Jorden, the trauma surgeon suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend Wednesday, was found near his home today with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.

Jorden was wearing scrubs when his body was found beside a creek in a wooded area near his Lakeview, N.Y., home. Police said they were able to identify the surgeon by his tattoos, but they declined to specify where he shot himself.

Jorden, 49, was wanted in connection to the death of his one-time lover, Jackie Wisniewski, 33, a nursing student who died Wednesday morning on the floor of the Erie County Medical Center.

The trauma surgeon, who also had Army weapons training, was considered armed and dangerous. He was the target of a hunt by local, state and federal authorities, including the U.S. Marshals and the FBI.

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Friday
Jun152012

Buffalo Hospital Shooting: Surgeon on the Run but Not in Canada

ABC News(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The former Army Special Forces surgeon who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend to death at a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital has dodged a multi-agency manhunt apparently without crossing into Canada, authorities said on Thursday.

Dr. Timothy V. Jorden, 49, is wanted in connection to the death of his one-time lover, Jackie Wisniewski, 33, a nursing student who died Wednesday morning on the floor of the Erie County Medical Center.

Considered armed and dangerous, Jorden is the target of a hunt by local, state and federal authorities, including the U.S. Marshals and the FBI.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda initially said at a news conference on Thursday that "we know for a fact he did not cross the border," but later added, "to the best of my knowledge."

The hospital was partially locked down and evacuated again on Thursday after a woman discovered a bomb threat scribbled on a first-floor restroom wall and a suspicious device that turned out to be an amateurish hoax.  Authorities issued an all-clear within an hour and employees returned to work.

On Wednesday, officials took one Buffalo police officer into custody after he allegedly lifted money and a watch from the scene of the shooting.  The officer apparently lifted a gold Rolex watch and about $5,000 in cash when he responded to the shooting, police sources said.

Late Wednesday night, armed with a warrant and with ambulances ready, police used a robot to lead the way as they searched Jorden's Lakeview, N.Y., home.  The home was in the jurisdiction of the Hamburg Police Department, although the Erie County Sheriff's Department provided the special robot.  The law enforcement units and ambulances left the home after the search, ABC News affiliate WKBW reported.

The fatal drama at the hospital began around 8 a.m. Wednesday, when Jorden allegedly shot and killed Wisniewski, a woman identified as his former lover, according to sources familiar with the investigation.  She was found dead in a covered passageway joining the hospital's Kidney Center and another wing of the medical center, The Miller Building, WKBW reported.

Buffalo police, backed up by a New York State Police SWAT team, converged on the hospital and locked down the facility, treating the situation as an active shooter scenario.  The lockdown was lifted at noon, but no news emerged as to the circumstances of Jorden, who was officially described as a person of interest.

A decorated soldier, Jorden graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1996 and had a military career that spanned 18 years and two periods of service.  During his years of service, he earned numerous medals and commendations including the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Master Parachute Badge Scuba Diver Badge Special Forces Tab.

Police have not commented on a possible motive for the shooting.

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Thursday
Jun142012

Buffalo Hospital Shooting: Surgeon at Large After Cops Search His Home

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- A former Army Special Forces surgeon who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend to death at a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital on Wednesday remains at large, despite a day-long police manhunt.

Dr. Timothy V. Jorden, 49, is wanted in connection to the death of his one-time lover, Jackie Wisniewski, 33, a nursing student who died Wednesday morning on the floor of the Erie County Medical Center.

Armed with a warrant and with ambulances ready, police on Wednesday evening used a robot to lead the way as they searched Jorden's Lakeview, N.Y., home.  The home was in the jurisdiction of the Hamburg Police Department, although the Erie County Sheriff's Department provided the special robot.  The law enforcement units and ambulances left the home after the search, ABC News affiliate WKBW reported.

The fatal drama at the hospital began around 8 a.m., when Jorden allegedly shot and killed Wisniewski, a woman identified as his former lover, according to sources familiar with the investigation.  She was found dead in a covered passageway joining the hospital's Kidney Center and another wing of the medical center, The Miller Building, WKBW reported.

Buffalo police, backed up by a New York State Police SWAT team, converged on the hospital and locked down the facility, treating the situation as an active shooter scenario.  The lockdown was lifted at noon, but no news emerged as to the circumstances of Jorden, who was officially described as a person of interest.

Police did not comment regarding the victim or a possible motive for the shooting.

Jorden had experienced emotional difficulties recently, according to officials, who did not elaborate.

Francisca Wellsbury, who was married to Jorden, but long divorced, told ABC News that she was shocked by the news that her ex-husband had become the suspect in a murder.

"We've lived separate lives for a long time," Wellsbury, who lives on the West Coast, told ABC News.  "I'm just as shocked as anyone.  It's traumatic."

She declined to go into further detail, but said: "This is not the person I knew.  I wish he would seek help."

A decorated soldier, Jorden graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1996 and had a military career that spanned 18 years and two periods of service.  During his years of service, he earned numerous medals and commendations including the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Master Parachute Badge Scuba Diver Badge Special Forces Tab.

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Friday
Sep232011

Jamey Rodemeyer Suicide: Police Consider Criminal Bullying Charges

ABC News / Handout(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- Police have opened a criminal investigation into the suicide death of Buffalo, N.Y., 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who was bullied online with gay slurs for more than a year.

The teen's parents, friends and even Lady Gaga, who was his idol, have expressed outrage about what they say was relentless torment on social networking websites.

The Amherst Police Department's Special Victims Unit has said it will determine whether to charge some students with harassment, cyber-harassment or hate crimes.  Police said three students in particular might have been involved.  Rodemeyer was a student at Heim Middle School.

Rodemeyer had just started his freshman year at Williamsville North High School, but the bullying had begun during middle school, according to his parents.  He had told family and friends that he had endured hateful comments in school and online, mostly related to his sexual orientation.

The teenager was found dead outside his home Sunday morning, but Amherst police would not release any details on how he killed himself.

"The special victims unit is looking into the circumstances prior to his death," Captain Michael Camilleri said.  "We are not sure if there is anything criminal or not."

No bullying laws exist in New York State, according to Camilleri, so police would have to determine whether aggravated harassment charges fit this case.  Whether suspects would be tried in juvenile court would depend on whether the alleged bully was 16 or older, he said.

Police said they had spoken with Williamsville School Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff, who has pledged the district's cooperation.

"We've heard that there were some specific students, an identifiable group of students, that had specifically targeted Jamey, or had been picking on him for a period of time," Police Chief John C. Askey told The Buffalo News.

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