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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- A retired state trooper is in critical condition after a shooting incident that left his ex-wife dead in Middletown, Conn.

The shooting occurred just after 9:30 a.m. in a city-owned garage behind the courthouse that overlooks Middletown's police department.

Law enforcement officials said the man shot his ex-wife to death, critically wounded her lawyer and then shot himself on the top deck of a parking garage.

Police are not identifying the names of the people involved, but Hartford Hospital lists Waterbury attorney Julie Porzio in critical but stable condition.

Michael Bochiccio, whose ex-wife was represented by Porzio in their divorce, is listed in critical condition at the hospital.

The three people were headed to court for a civil matter, said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

"There does not appear to be any shooter that we are looking for other than the people involved," he said.

Paul Tofil, of East Hartford, was working at an auto shop just below the parking deck. He said there were initially about eight gunshots, then a pause, and then another shot.

He said he thought someone was shooting off fireworks or trying to scare pigeons, but a man yelled down at them to call the police.

"This happened 30 yards away," he said. "It freaked me out. I couldn't believe it."

The court was placed on "partial lockdown," immediately after the shooting, court spokeswoman Rhonda Stearley-Hebert said, meaning people were allowed into the courthouse but police kept them inside.

The crime scene area and some streets around the courthouse are cordoned off.

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Man accused of killing wife outside courthouse dies in hospital

(Middletown-WTNH, June 15, 2005 10:00 PM)
A retired state trooper who allegedly killed his estranged wife and injured her lawyer outside a Middletown courthouse has died.

Police say 47-year-old Michael Bochicchio Jr. shot the two women and then turned the gun on himself.

It all unfolded in a parking lot behind the courthouse where both parties were set to appear.

"It was like pop, pop," says Linda Vasek, witness.

First there was gunfire, and then there was chaos as bystanders realized that bullets were flying behind the Middletown courthouse.

"All you could see were just cops running everywhere," says Mary Woods, witness.

Police say it was a retired Connecticut State trooper pulling the trigger. When it was over, police say, Bochicchio shot himself, his estranged wife, Donna Bochicchio, and her attorney Julie Porzio.

Donna died at the scene and Porzio was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition. The estranged husband died in the hospital from his injury Wednesday night.

"They put the girl in first. She had the IV in and she went out first and then the second one went out," says Linda Vasek, witness.

The former trooper and his estranged wife were due in court for a hearing, possibly on custody issues concerning their two children ages 10 and 12.

"The individual, Bochicchio, had approached the two individuals as they were parking their vehicle. There was no chase across the parking lot," says State Police Sgt. J. Paul Vance.

The parking lot is located right behind the court house, but it is a public lot and anyone can park their car there. The Judicial Marshals do not patrol it and there is no special security.

"It is a municipal lot. The court house has no responsibility for that lot," says Vance.

The court house went into lockdown for about two hours. Tonight police say there are still questions as to why a divorce could drive a man who carried a gun for protection to suddenly pull the trigger.

The court house did reopen after noon and counseling services are being made available for people who work in the court house who are shaken by the violence.

Bochicchio retired from the State Police force in 1998, but News Channel 8 has learned that he has been working for an out of state security company that the U.S. Marshals use to provide security at federal court houses in Connecticut.

The attorney, Julie Porzio, is the wife of former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro who in 1992 was convicted on corruption charges.

He was out of town at the time of the shooting, and flew back to Connecticut where he received a police escort to be at his wife's bedside.

A semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.

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This is most unfortunate.............................
Of course the lawyer lived, what does that mean?
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