November 22, 2005
Conn.: Troubled Trooper didn't give clues to lethal intent
By Dave Altimari and Tom Puleo, Hartford Courant
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- The message that troubled state Trooper Victor Diaz left on his lawyer's cellphone had police cars rushing to the home of his ex-girlfriend in a frantic attempt to protect her.
They got there too late. By the time the cruisers arrived Monday evening at the tan colonial house at 348 Ridgewood Road, their lights flashing in the rain and darkness, Newington police Officer Ciara McDermott lay slumped over her computer screen, shot three times in the head and chest.
The chief medical examiner's office said Tuesday that McDermott died of the gunshot wounds. Her death was ruled a homicide. Diaz died of a single gunshot to the head and his body was found on a floor in an upstairs room. His death was ruled a suicide.
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