Colonie Police Officer Shot Family, Lit House on Fire and Then Killed Himself

Colonie police have released new details regarding Tuesday's house fire in Latham that left three people dead. That house was owned by a member of the police department. Michael Howard reports.

LATHAM, N.Y. -- Police have released more information about the deaths of three people in Colonie on Tuesday night.

They say Officer Israel Roman killed his wife and youngest son, then set their Schalren Drive home on fire and killed himself.

The couple's other child, a 15-year-old, was not home at the time.

"Officer Roman did come into the office on Monday to ask for Saturday off, and we confirmed that he was planning on going hunting with a friend," said New York State Police Captain Robert Patnaude.
"So as of Monday, there was no indication of anything strange going on. He was planning, as far as we can tell, to go hunting on Saturday."

Police say there was no history of violence at the home, and there is no clear indication of a motive.

According to investigators, surveillance video from a neighbor's home was instrumental in determining a timeline of what happened.

They say Roman met his older child at school and gave him money for food, earlier in the day. The teen was told of what happened after he was picked up from a basketball game later that night by a Colonie police officer.

Roman was a 12-year veteran of the Colonie police force.

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