The retired White Plains police officer who killed two of his daughters and their three family dogs before turning his gun on himself had an argument with his wife that resulted in her going to the police department to report it last week.

Hochman, 52, was found dead on Saturday afternoon in his Harrison home's garage. His daughters Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13, and three dogs were also found dead. His wife, Anamarie DiPietro-Hochman, and eldest daughter Samantha, 22, were at Mohegan Sun at the time of the shootings.

Harrison police said that DiPietro-Hochman stopped by the station to report that she and her husband had a verbal argument about an $80 cellphone bill. According to the Journal News, Harrison police chief Anthony Marraccini "said she did not want police to follow up but rather wanted to 'document' the incident, which had allegedly occurred on Thursday. 'She described it as a verbal argument only,' Marraccini said. 'There was no representation of any violence.'" He explained, "She didn't want us to pursue it, she just wanted to document it."

The Post reports that because no one at home was answering their phones on Saturday, DiPietro-Hochman "called the cops and asked for a wellness check at the home." Chief Joseph Bilotto of the Harrison EMS told the Post, “She was just looking for answers as to why he did this, and if he wanted to do this to himself, that’s fine, but why take the two kids with him? That was her biggest thing... [She] was also distraught not knowing where her children were because police, with an open crime scene, couldn’t tell her where the kids were and what was going on with [them]."

Apparently Alissa Hochman's boyfriend was given the home's passcode to check on the family. The teen discovered Hochman in the garage. It's believed that the daughters were killed around 2 a.m. in their beds.

The couple also had reportedly been discussing separation and the possibility of divorce. Police said that Hochman left a suicide note.

Hochman had retired from the White Plains Police Department in January. He had suffered an ankle injury and but his union lawyer Warren Roth said Hochman wasn't depressed from it, even though he was out for months. Roth told the Journal News, "It's just devastating to a lot of people. He was always a quiet, reserved guy, nothing ever seemed to unsettle him. ... And he was wonderful with his daughters, a devoted father. That's the scary part. There was absolutely no seeing this coming."

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.