WATERLOO, N.Y. — The man accused in a double homicide in Waterloo Wednesday had a recent history of domestic violence.
State police say Emerson Tohafjian was arrested twice in June. First, on June 3rd, he was charged with four misdemeanors, including assault.
On June 19, he was charged with rape and taken to Seneca County Jail, where his family would post bail for him two days later.
He was set to appear in court June 27, but failed to do so. The District Attorney had asked that an additional $10,000 bail be added, but that was denied by the judge.
The children of the woman Tohafjian is accused of killing this week have come forward. They say their mother had been in a relationship with Tohafjian, but that it was abusive.
"We're sad that we lost our mother, our grandmother, our daughter, but we're angry," said Lora Bennett, who says her mother, Lori McConnell, was assaulted by Tohafjian in the past.
There were orders of protection issued, but police didn't immediately or initially confirm if that person was a victim in the fatal shooting.
"Maybe if he just put the bench warrant out, she would be alive right now," said Bennett.
A GoFundMe has been set up for McConnell's children to help cover the costs of her unexpected death.
Authorities say Tohafjian shot three people in a home on North Virginia Street in the Village of Waterloo around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, killing two people and injuring another.
State police say they took Tohafjian into custody Wednesday at the Cheerful Valley Campground in the Ontario County town of Phelps after an hour of attempts by crisis negotiators. Troopers said he had self-inflicted cuts to the arm and neck and was transported to a Rochester hospital, where he remains in stable condition.
Police say Tohafjian will be charged in the connection to the two deaths, plus additional charges, at a later date.
Officials have not released the names of the deceased at this time.