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Schenectady man dies in double murder-suicide

Schenectady man dies in double murder-suicide

A Schenectady man is dead, as is his girlfriend and the woman's estranged husband, in an apparent do

PALENVILLE — A Schenectady man is dead, as is his girlfriend and the woman's estranged husband, in an apparent double murder-suicide outside of Catskill, state police said.

After responding to a report of shots fired Sunday at 844 Pennsylvania Ave. in Palenville, state police discovered the body of 51-year-old Daniel Brennan of Schenectady dead in the driveway, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds.

Inside the residence, authorities found the body of Pammi Mroczek, 49, who previously lived at the address with her estranged husband, 46-year-old Robert Mroczek. Pammi Mroczek also died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Palenville is a hamlet in the town of Catskill in Greene County.

According to state police, Robert Mroczek — a New York State parole officer — encountered Brennan and his estranged wife at the residence, shot them both and fled.

State Police later spotted Robert Mroczek on Route 81 in Chenango, Broome County. A chase ensued into Cortlandville, Cortland County.

"Stop sticks" were deployed to stop the vehicle, which went off the roadway. Mroczek was pronounced dead at the scene after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

State Police at Catskill were assisted by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, The Greene County District Attorney’s Office and The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Palenville is between Catskill and Saugerties.

Reach Gazette reporter Mark McGuire at 395-3105, or @MJMcGuire on Twitter.

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