An ex cop was found dead in his New York home, his daughters Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13, were also dead. According to the Huffington Post, it is believed that Glen Hochman, 52, killed two of his girls before turning a gun on himself in what appears to be a gruesome double-murder suicide. Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini said that a motive is unknown at this time.
“Hochman’s body was found in the garage while the bodies of 17-year-old Alissa and 13-year-old Deanna were found on ‘the main level’ of the house. Three dogs were shot to death as well. Marraccini said Hochman’s wife and the oldest of the couple’s three daughters were not home at the time of the shootings,” reports the Huffington Post.
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The ex cop found dead retired from the White Plains police department recently after 22 years of service. Just last year Hochman was honored with a “life-saving award” for his outstanding efforts “keeping an unresponsive man alive until paramedics arrived.”
Neighbors in the area were talking about how “normal” the family was, and how polite the children always were. There never seemed to be any kind of problem, making this news just as shocking as it is devastating.
“The department is shocked and horrified by the news of this unfathomable tragedy. We can only pray for the family. Officer Hochman served this department and the city of White Plains with honor and integrity,” said White Plains Police Commissioner David Chong.
According to My Fox NY, witnesses saw a woman screaming into a phone, “My God, they’re dead. He killed himself.” It’s unclear if the woman was Hochman’s wife.
The ex cop found dead wasn’t the first officer to kill family members and himself. Another tragedy struck in Utah in 2014. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, officer Joshua Boren killed his wife, their two young children, and his mother-in-law, shocking everyone in the area. Those close to the Boren family say that there were “no warning signs,” and that everything seemed to be going well for the family.
Many believe that tragedies like this occur because of PTSD or severe depression stemming from a life-altering event. Sometimes these things are kept private, which could be why no one understands how such things could happen.
As for the Glen Hochman case, police did not report finding any kind of suicide note. Hochman’s wife and eldest daughter are now left to pick up the pieces, and try to make sense of all of this.
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