A retired City of Newburgh deputy police chief and his ex-girlfriend are dead in a murder-suicide, state police said.
Patrick Sorrentino, 55, of Marlboro shot his former girlfriend 55-year-old Marie Giannone of Goshen several times before turning the gun on himself, according to state police. A 911 call was received at approximately 8:28 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 reporting multiple gunshots in the area of Finnegan Lane in the Town of Goshen.
Police located Giannone in the driver’s seat of her vehicle deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. Sorrentino was found nearby deceased from a single gunshot wound, police said.
Sorrentino and Giannone, who dated for about a year-and-a-half, broke up in August. Sorrentino became “withdrawn and angry” because of the breakup, police said.
A statement from the City of Newburgh Police Department, prepared by Chief Daniel Cameron read: “On behalf of the City of Newburgh Police Department, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all those that have been affected by this tragedy. It saddens us that Patrick Sorrentino took the life of an innocent person prior to taking his own. Our hearts go out to everyone that is grieving from this senseless act.”
Sorrentino joined the city police department in April 1983. He was placed on leave due to an injury in March 2002, and remained on injury leave until he retired in March 2007.