Authorities in suburban New York say the retired police officer who appears to have fatally shot his two teenage daughters before committing suicide had discussed a possible separation with his wife.
Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini told the Associated Press that 52-year-old Glen Hochman's and his wife, Anamarie DiPietro-Hochman, 50, discussed divorce prior to the tragedy:
The chief said his investigation had turned up that there had been a family discussion about a possible separation. He would not say whether the discussion was considered a motive in the killings.
The body of the retired White Plains cop was discovered at the family home on Saturday. Authorities also found the bodies of his daughters, Alissa and Deanna, ages 17 and 13, and the family pets. A handgun was recovered near Hochman's body, as was a note:
Marraccini said police found a note with Hochman's body in the garage of their home in the Westchester County town of Harrison, and that the note gave some indication of motive, but he would not elaborate pending a news conference later Monday.
DiPietro-Hochman and the couple's eldest daughter were out of town at the time of the incident.
Marraccini told the Associated Press that the day before the killings, DiPietro-Hochman had visited the police following an argument she and Hochman had about a cell phone bill. There was no evidence of a physical altercation, but he noted that she didn't want to file charges, she just wanted "to document [the incident]."
[via Associated Press]