Two men are dead in Waterbury after an apparent murder-suicide in the Bunker Hill neighborhood on Wednesday morning.
The men were found to be dead in a home on Marion Avenue. One of the men was an off-duty Waterbury officer, according to state police.
On Wednesday afternoon, police identified the officer involved as 37-year-old Hallock Yocher, who was a 10-year veteran of the Waterbury Police Department.
The other man was not identified, but police said the two knew each other.
"Very sad for the family. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family, her family, the children," said one of Yocher's neighbors in Naugatuck, who only wanted to be identified as Melissa.
She said Yocher and his wife have three young children.
"The two parties were acquainted," said Trooper Kelly Grant. "The extent of their relationship is still under investigation. They need to continue the investigation to determine how they are acquainted."
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said it will conduct post-mortem examinations to determine the exact cause and manner of death for both.
No one else was found in the home, state police said. They said there is also no danger to the public and is an isolated incident.
"When we first saw the officers, they had vests on, running with rifles," Lynn Boyle, of Waterbury, said. "You didn't know at that point, but within minutes they were coming back to their vehicles, taking their vests off."
A neighbor told Eyewitness News that he heard shots fired around 5 a.m.
"I was laying in bed, and I heard six to eight shots, one after the other," Ednei Lima, of Waterbury, said. "Then, a minute after, one or two shots. That was it."
Police said Marion Avenue was closed between Windsor and Ray Streets. They also said they closed part of Bunker Hill Avenue at Windsor Street as part of their investigation, but this road was reopened around 3:15 p.m.
The neighbor said the officers appeared to be very emotional while processing the scene.
"Please keep us in your prayers, it's very difficult for all of us," Waterbury Police Chief Vernon Riddick said.
Connecticut State Police along with the States Attorney's Office are heading up the investigation. Police have not said whether or not it was the officer's service weapon which was used in the incident.
In addition to the house, police also had crime tape around a mini van parked in the road.
Riddick said Wednesday was a difficult day for the department and the officers responding to the crime scene because this is the second time in a little more than a year they had an officer take his life. Last summer, it was deputy chief Chris Corbett.
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to contact state police at 203-393-4200 or text "TIP711" with the information to 274637.
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