Police: Bozrah First Selectman planned murder-suicide

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Credit: Friends of Glenn Pianka on Facebook

BOZRAH — Police say an eastern Connecticut town official threatened to kill his wife and himself, but didn’t follow through because his daughter came home as he lay in wait with a loaded pistol.

A state police arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The Bulletin of Norwich says Bozrah First Selectman Glenn Pianka described the plot in a letter he mailed March 18 to his wife and her relatives. The couple was going through a divorce.

Pianka was charged last week with threatening and other crimes. He posted $20,000 bail and is due in court on April 20.

Pianka didn’t immediately return a message Tuesday from The Associated Press. He told The Bulletin the incident was a “highly personal family matter” and said the newspaper was “out of line” for reporting his arrest.