Ex-Cop Shoots Up West Virginia Courthouse

Shot and killed by cops in return


A retired police officer armed with an assault weapon and a handgun fired up to two dozen shots at a federal courthouse in West Virginia yesterday before police returned fire and killed him, police said.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger identified the gunman as Thomas J. Piccard, 55, of Bridgeport, Ohio. He was a retired Wheeling police officer.