(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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Eliott C. McLaughlin and Joshua Berlinger, CNN
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