The ex-cop who was found dead was recently retired from the White Plains, New York Police Department. Glen Hochman, 52, was discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his garage. Inside the family’s Harrison, New York home his two daughters were found shot dead in their beds, according to NBC New York on Feb. 23.
The latest updates in this case indicate that Hochman’s 50-year-old wife and their oldest daughter, 22, were on a trip to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino when this shooting took place. Police believe Glen Hochman shot and killed his daughters, 17-year-old Alissa and 13-year-old Deanna as they slept in their beds some time after 2 a.m. on Saturday. It is then when he went to the garage and shot the family’s three dogs before killing himself.
The day before this horrific shooting, Hochman’s wife had gone to the police station to report an argument over an $80 cellphone bill. According to Harrison police Chief Anthony Marraccini, there was no indication of violence in her report. He also said that there had been no history of domestic violence or previous incident reports. He said that she just wanted the incident documented and didn’t pursue any charges.
On Saturday when Hochman’s wife couldn’t reach anyone at home on the phone, she became concerned. She called her daughter Alissa’s boyfriend and asked that he go over to check on the rest of the family. She gave the boyfriend the pass code for the alarm to enter through the garage. This is where he found Hochman’s body. He called 911, as did a woman in the car with Hochman’s wife who overheard the conversation.
Police said Hochman left a five or six-page note, which gives some indication of the motive for these shootings. Marraccini said the note had instructions for Hochman’s wife and that the note also indicated premeditation. Hochman was found with a handgun in his hand, which belonged to him and was likely used in the killings.
Hochman’s daughters were each shot once in the head and the dogs were also shot. A neighbor talked to the media and said he heard a woman screaming, “My God, they’re dead. He killed himself.” This woman was heard screaming into her phone outside the house, according to neighbor Dante Garritano.
Garritano also saw ambulances at the house where these family members were found dead. Other than seeing Hochman outside doing yard work or walking the dog, he didn’t know much about the family, who were his neighbors.
According to the Huffington Post, Marraccini said that the deaths of Hochman and his daughters “would appear to be a double murder-suicide. Hochman was on the police force for 22 years and from all reports today, he served as a police officer “with integrity.” Harrison High School, where Alissa Hochman was a senior, opened their doors on Sunday and offered grief counseling to teachers and students.
The Blaze reports that White Plains Police Commissioner David Chong released a statement on Saturday calling the deaths “an unfathomable tragedy.” Not many details were released in this case so far.