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WATERBURY — Police have identified both the Waterbury police officer and the other man who were found dead following an apparent murder-suicide in a home on Marion Avenue Wednesday morning, and now say that the police officer shot the other man.

Connecticut State Police said called it an “isolated shooting incident,” adding there is no threat to the public. They continue to investigate.

Hallock Yocher

Officer Hallock Yocher

Police identified the officer as Hallock Yocher, 37, a 10-year veteran of the force and a father of three. The other man has been identified as James Stuart, 39, of Waterbury.

According to police, Stuart’s death was a homicide, and he died from multiple gunshot wounds. Yocher’s death was ruled a suicide, and he died from a single gunshot wound.

“The extent of their relationship is under investigation,” State Police Trooper Kelly Grant said on Wednesday. No update has been provided on this.

“This morning at about 5 a.m. Waterbury Police were called to 54 Marion Avenue on a disturbance,” Waterbury Deputy Chief of Police Fernando Spagnolo said, also on Wednesday. “The States Attorney and State Police are conducting an active and ongoing death investigation.”

Chief Vernon Riddick said it has been a difficult time for the Waterbury Police Department. They lost another officer just 13 months ago.

“It’s difficult for us, for the victim. Our prayers and concerns go out to him and his family,” Riddick said.

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