Maine suspect's alleged target speaks out
DERRY, N.H. (WHDH) -- The alleged target and former employer of a Maine man police arrested for speeding with a car full of guns spoke out Tuesday.
Police say 49-year-old Tim Courtois claimed to be on his way to shoot his former employer in Derry, New Hampshire when police pulled him over for speeding. He is now facing federal weapons charges.
The former employer said he found out about it when two FBI agents came to his house.
The owner of the New Hampshire insurance agency said he was stunned to learn that his former employee, Tim Courtois, was allegedly planning to kill him.
“My wife is hysterically afraid,” the former employer said.
Police say they pulled over and arrested the Biddeford, Maine man as he was speeding down the Maine Turnpike on Sunday. His car was loaded with weapons including an assault rifle. Police say additional weapons were later found at his home.
What’s more, police say Courtois admitted to attending the new Batman movie with a loaded gun and that he was headed to Derry, New Hampshire to shoot his former employer.
“Columbine and Colorado and the shooting in Arizona -- I think a lot of those probably sent him over the edge,” the former employer said.
The owner says when they met in the 1980s Courtois was a troubled man who couldn’t hold a job. The owner says he hired Courtois in 1990. He grew to like Courtois, and groomed him to take over the business one day.
“I considered him more than just an employee and more than just an ordinary friend,” said the former employer.
But the owner says Courtois left in 2000 after a disagreement over the terms of the business buyout. The owner says this is the first he’s heard from Courtois since they parted ways 12 years ago.
“It’s a really sad thing to see because he’s not an evil person. He’s a sick person with the need for some pretty extensive care,” the former employer said.
Courtois is being held without bail on state charges.