Judge denies bail for suspect in deadly Waterloo shooting

The man charged in last month’s triple shooting in Waterloo was denied bail during a court appearance Monday.

The public defender for Emerson Tohafjian, 48, requested bail for him for $1 million. A judge turned down the motion and he will be returned to the Seneca County Jail.

Tohafjian was indicted on July 20 on four counts of murder in the first degree, four counts of assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, three counts of burglary in the first degree, tampering with a witness in the first degree, intimidating a victim or witness in the first degree, criminal use of a firearm in the first degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, and three counts of criminal contempt in the first degree.

The indictment alleges that on July 10, Tohafjian burglarized a home on Virginia Street in violation of three orders of protection, caused the death of two individuals and injury to a third individual by means of a deadly weapon.

State Police said Waterloo Police first responded to the shooting at 54 Virginia Street in the village at 11:42 p.m. on July 10. Investigators said a person inside the home had called 911 saying they and two others had been shot and the shooter had taken off. When police arrived, two of the victims had died from apparent gunshot wounds.

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