Police in Buffalo, N.Y., issued an alert to law enforcement agencies nationwide and parts of Canada Thursday for a trauma surgeon and former military weapons expert suspected of fatally shooting a receptionist at the hospital where they worked.
Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda told reporters at a press conference Thursday that evidence now points to a carefully planned exit strategy devised by Dr. Timothy Jorden, 49, prior to the shooting.The guy they are looking for is likely to be a real problem: book smart (he's a doctor) and street smart (ex-Special Forces). He apparently planned his exit strategy, so unless his apparent mental breakdown over the last few months was drug-related, he probably has a sizable cache of money.
One of the research projects I am working on right now really reminds me of much domestic violence cases like this are a stubborn problem. These are not your run of the mill hoodlums, but often quite middle class people who are often squeaky clean before something like this. They aren't the norm among murderers (as much as gun control advocates like to pretend otherwise), but they are not completely unusual, either.
I've read a few too many news accounts of late that involved a guy who murders his soon-to-be ex-wife on the day that the divorce decree finalizes, then kills himself. I can understand the guy who commits suicide because he can't imagine life alone. But these murder-suicides on the day of the divorce decree leave me both saddened and confused.