Retired Cop Kills His Daughters and Himself
Authorities and residents in a small town in upstate New York are trying to understand why a well-respected cop who retired last month killed his two teenage daughters and their three family dogs before taking his own life at their home Saturday night, the New York Daily News reports.
Glen Hochman (top left), a 22-year veteran of the White Plains Police Department, shot and killed his daughters Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13, inside of their Harrison home, in Westchester County. Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini says a weapon was recovered at the scene. Hochman's wife, Anamarie DiPietro-Hochman (back row), and his younger daughter, Samantha, weren’t home at the time of the shooting.
A suicide note was left before the shooting, but it’s not clear what it said. Chief Marraccini said this morning that the retired cop and his wife had discussed divorce and that a day before the shootings, she reported to police that the couple had a nonviolent argument over an $80 cellphone bill. Police did not file any charges.
"She didn't want us to pursue it, she just wanted to document it," the chief said.
Warren Roth, Hochman’s former union lawyer, told the Journal News that everyone is shocked by the shootings.
"It's just devastating to a lot of people," Roth said. "He was always a quiet, reserved guy, nothing ever seemed to unsettle him. ... And he was wonderful with his daughters, a devoted father. That's the scary part. There was absolutely no seeing this coming."
Harrison police arrived at the scene at 3:30pm, after a neighbor called 911. The cops recovered a handgun near Hochman’s body that is believed to have been used in the shootings.
"I heard someone screaming and crying loudly," said Dante Garritano, 53, who lives three doors down from the Hochman family. "I thought in all the snow someone had an accident. The last thing I expected to hear was that he killed himself and his two kids.”
Friends of the two teenage victims took to social media to express their grief.
"What's going on in this world," Alejandra Diaz wrote Saturday on Twitter. "I don't understand."
"I have known the Hochman family since I was little and I just can't even believe that this happened," wrote Julia Martinez on Twitter.
An investigation into what led to the apparent murder-suicide is ongoing. An autopsy will take place at Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.