NEWINGTON — Police on Friday identified the woman killed at her home on Thursday as Patricia Torbicki, 46, and said her husband Michael Torbicki, who remained hospitalized. is considered a suspect.
Patricia Torbicki’s death is being investigated as a homicide, police said.
She was discovered at 9 a.m. on Thursday in the doorway of her home at 52 Gilbert Road. That triggered a response by police from several area departments, including SWAT teams and negotiators, and prompted a lockdown of the neighborhood.
Police found Michael Torbicki inside the home, suffering from serious injuries.
Newington police Sgt. Chris Perry said no charges had been filed as of Friday afternoon.
In a 911 call released on Friday, a neighbor, clearly shaken, called to say the body was found. “There’s a woman laying in the doorway with blood all over her. I think she’s dead,” the unidentified caller said. “Please come soon.”
The dispatcher assured the caller that officers would be there soon.
Maria Durao, 78, said in an interview that she was watering her garden when a jogger called her to look at something suspicous next door. But she did not think much of it at first because the family had, at times, put up scary decorations for Halloween.
“I went over there to see if it was [the victim] and it was,” Durao told the Courant. “She was all bloody.”
The first officers to arrive saw Torbicki with serious injuries and believed she was dead, police said.
The department’s emergency response team was quickly called to the scene and residents were told to shelter in place.
Within a short time, police had blocked off the street, and by about noon, they had called out to the person inside the home to come out.
The number of officers, some of which from West Hartford, Hartford and New Britain, quickly grew and some where seen with assault rifles.