By Mark Gerlach
John Casullo, 48, a former patrolman in the Town of Newburgh Police Department, killed his two kids on May 26 before turning the gun on himself, a state police bulletin said.
Casullo, a resident of the Town of Wallkill, was found dead at about 5:25 p.m. with a single gunshot wound to the head, police said. Also found deceased were Casullo’s children: 8-year-old James Casullo and 12-year-old Kathleen Casullo. Each child suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.
Casullo, who retired from the Town of Newburgh Police Department around 2008, used a .45 caliber pistol to murder his children while they slept in their bedrooms before firing the gun on himself, police said. The bodies were discovered after Town of Wallkill police responded to a 911 call for an unresponsive male.
No one else was in the home, located at 559 Fifth Ave. in the Town of Wallkill, at the time of the shootings, according to police.
State police are investigating the murder/suicide with the assistance of the Town of Wallkill Police Department.