December 31, 2008

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Retired trooper kills wife, turns gun on himself

MARBLETOWN – A retired state trooper assigned to the Thruway shot and killed his estranged wife early Wednesday morning and then took his own life, State Police said.

William Cotto, 53, had entered his wife’s residence at 3657 Main Street in Marbletown around 4 a.m. armed with a shotgun and shot and killed his wife, 49-year-old Isol Cotto. Cotto them went to a parking lot at a nearby gas station and shot himself to death, police said.

No one else at the residence was injured.

Cotto had been arrested on misdemeanor charges for unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, menacing in the second degree and harassment in the second degree on December 30. At the time of his arrest, State Police secured all weapons known to be in Cotto’s possession. They included a shotgun and ammunition, as well as knives and billy clubs. He was arraigned and committed to the Ulster County Jail on 5,000 bail.

At the time of the murder/suicide incident, Cotto was in violation of an order of protection as a result of the earlier charges.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact State Police at Kingston at 845-338-1702.

Police are currently investigating the origin of the weapon used and are treating this case as a murder/suicide.

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