Saturday, June 28, 2008

Should Connecticut Police be trusted with guns off-duty?

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Retired Waterbury cop held in weapons case​
Associated Press

LITCHFIELD [Connecticut]- A retired Waterbury police officer has been charged with threatening to kill his wife and illegally possessing guns, nearly three years to the day after his brother killed his wife and himself outside a state courthouse.

Bruce Bochicchio, 41, surrendered to state police Thursday after learning there was an arrest warrant for him, troopers said. He was held in lieu of $1 million bail after being arraigned at Bantam Superior Court, where a judge scolded Bochicchio's alleged conduct.

His brother, former state Trooper Michael Bochicchio, shot his wife, Donna, and himself to death June 15, 2005, outside Superior Court in Middletown, during a bitter divorce and child custody dispute. Donna Bochicchio's lawyer, Julie Porzio, was also shot during the incident and survived, but suffered permanent injuries.

Bruce Bochicchio and his wife, Christine, 43, live in Morris and have been caring for his brother's two children, in addition to their own two children, her two children from a previous relationship and two children who are friends of the family, authorities said.

Christine Bochicchio told police that her husband's behavior has become erratic and she alleged he threatened to kill her last weekend. She said she worried about the safety of the children and herself, and told officers she believed her husband had weapons in the house in violation of restraining orders issued after he had fights with her teenage son.

Bruce Bochicchio told Superior Court Judge Charles D. Gill on Thursday that he would never hurt his family.

"I love my family. I would never cause them harm, or harm anyone," he said.

Authorities said Bruce Bochicchio turned over more than 40 firearms to state police in May to comply with the restraining orders. But police said they found 11 more guns at his house while executing a search warrant this week, including two automatic submachine guns and an assault rifle.

His lawyer, Tom Waterfall, said his client didn't know there were more weapons in the house.

"There was no intentional deception," Waterfall said.

But the judge said the case raised red flags for potential danger.

"Starting out with the premise that you had 41 or more weapons, mixed with emotions and a handful of children, these things don't mix," Gill said.

©New Haven Register 2008

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Why would a retired Connecticut State Police Major have approximately $200,000 in unexplained cash? Why weren't the Connecticut State Police investigated for being an organized crime organization?

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Power, Intimidation, and the Threat of Death or Serious Injury

is a hallmark of any Mafia-like organization.

Michael Bochicchio, a retired Major in the Connecticut State Police Posted by Hello

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Connecticut’s Police State

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