Slain woman's husband, considered a suspect, remains in hospital

Published on Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:33
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEWINGTON – Police are continuing to investigate the murder of Patricia Torbicki as her husband Michael, the suspect in the case, remains in serious condition in an area hospital.

Patricia Torbicki, 46, was found shot dead in her front door at the family’s home on Gilbert Road at around 9 a.m. Sept. 21. The discovery prompted a massive police presence in the quiet neighborhood off Willard Avenue as officers tried to determine if Michael Torbicki, 45, was still in the house and if he was armed.

Michael Torbicki was found seriously injured from a gunshot wound about three hours later. Nearly immediately, police called Patricia Torbicki’s death a homicide and named her husband as a suspect. She died from a shotgun blast to her head and lower right extremity, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled last week.

Due to Michael Torbicki’s medical status there is no timeline for an arrest, Police Chief Stephen Clark said Thursday. In meantime, detectives are continuing to investigate the case and interview witnesses, he said. “Like any murder investigation, this is a very labor intensive investigation,” Clark said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Newington on Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:33. Updated: Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:36.