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Man kills self after shooting wife, her boyfriend
PALENVILLE - New York State Police said Monday that they are investigating a double murder, suicide in Greene County.
They said they were called to 844 Pennsylvania Ave., in Palenville on Sunday for reports of gunshots. When police got there, they said they found Daniel Brennan, 51, of Schenectady dead in the driveway. Police said he had been shot multiple times.
At the time, State Police Major Patrick Regan said they didn't know if the suspect was still there and if he had any hostages in the home. They shut down the road and brought in the special operations response team. They found Pammi Mroczek, 49, shot and killed inside the home. Major Regan said State Police put out an alert for her estranged husband Robert Mroczek, 46.
State Police said Troopers tried to stop Mroczek in Broome County, but he fled and let them on a pursuit into Cortland County.
"The pursuit lasted over 30 miles at speeds in excess of over 100 mph," said Major Regan.
The pursuit ended when police used stop sticks and Mroczek's car went off the side of the road. Major Regan said that when State Police got to his car, Mroczek had shot and killed himself.
"This is not a place you think a crime like this would happen," said Breanna June, a neighbor.
State Police said the couple had lived in the home on Pennsylvania Ave together, but were currently estranged. They believe Pammi Mroczek came back to the home to get some of her things and didn't expect her husband to return. Police said their investigation determined that Brennan was her boyfriend.
"I had no idea it was them. It was just such a shock," said Jean Mcteigue, a neighbor.
Mcteigue said she spoke with the couple often as they walked their two dogs. Looking back, she realizes that recently he was walking the dogs alone. Aside from that, she never knew anything was wrong.
"I feel terrible for the families, it's so horrible," she said. "It's got to be a terrible shock to them too."
State Police said they had not been called to the home for a domestic incident in the past. They said the investigation was ongoing.
The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said the Robert Mroczek started working for the Department of Correctional Services in 1995. He was a corrections counselor. He went to work as a parole officer for the Division of Parole in November 2005. In April 2011, the two departments merged. He was therefore working for the Corrections and Community Supervision Department. He was assigned to the Northeast Office and was mainly focus on Columbia County.