Cops: Newly Retired Officer Killed 2 Daughters, Self
NY town stunned after 'dependable' officer snaps
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2015 12:43 AM CST
A Harrison police officer stands outside a house where the bodies of a retired police officer and two of his daughters were found Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Harrison, NY.   (AP Photo/The Journal News, Seth Harrison)

(Newser) – In what officials in Westchester County, NY, are calling an "unfathomable tragedy," a respected police officer appears to have completely snapped, killing two of his daughters and himself just a month after he retired. Police say Glen Hochman, 52, shot his daughters Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13, to death in their home, along with the family's three pet dogs on Saturday before shooting himself, reports the New York Daily News. His wife, Anamarie DiPietro-Hochman, and his eldest daughter, 22-year-old Samantha, were out of town for the day, and police tell the Journal News that the wife made a domestic incident report the day before the killings about what she said was a "verbal argument only."

Friends, neighbors, and colleagues describe Hochman, who served on the White Plains force for 22 years, as a normal, friendly, dependable man who never showed any sign of being troubled. Last year he received an award for saving a man's life, CBS 2 reports. "It's just devastating to a lot of people," a union lawyer who knew the officer for 25 years tells the Journal News. "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." Sources tell the Daily News that Hochman left a note.