Troopers: Utica Police officer kills wife, self
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 22:16:22 GMT —
Investigators in Oneida County say a decorated Utica Police Detective stabbed his wife to death and then fatally wounded himself in the couple's home on Cosby Manor Road in Deerfield.
Police say the victim, 38-year-old Kristin Longo, was found bleeding by one of the couple's children who had come home from school. The child then called 911. The first officers on the scene say they found Kristin Longo dead of a knife wound, then found her husband, Detective Joseph Longo, bleeding and in need of emergency medical help. Police confirm he died at St. Elizabeth's Hospital a short while later. The officer who first responded to the scene says Longo admitted to stabbing his wife.
Investigators spent all Monday afternoon and into the late evening at the Longo family home. A knife was recovered from the scene.
The Longos have four children between the ages of 9 and 17, although the oldest lives out of state. The children are being cared for by other family members.
"Obviously it's way too early in the investigation but suffice to say they're with family members, they're being taken care of and they're receiving the type of counseling they should be receiving at this moment in their lives" said police Captain Francis Coots.
Utica Police Chief Dan LaBella echoed the sentiment, saying "We're gonna pull through this. The real victims are the children. We're going to take it day by day."
Grief counselors are on hand Tuesday at schools that the children attend. Counseling will also be made available to Utica Police officers.