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Stockbroker Killed in Office by Brother

February 26, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ A stockbroker was shot to death Wednesday in the lobby of his Manhattan office by a brother who blamed him for their father’s death four years ago, police said.

Harvey Koch, 59, a broker for Josephthal & Co., died at Beekman Hospital from gunshot wounds to the chest, police said. Officers arrested Sol Koch, 56, and charged him with murder.

Detective Capt. Robert Larkin said Sol Koch, a resident of North Tamarac, Fla., arrived at the brokerage about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Several hundred employees of the firm were working in the offices as the shooting occurred.

″He just walked into the reception area and asked to see his brother,″ said Alan Raylesberg, an attorney for the firm.

When he met his brother in the reception area, Sol Koch pulled out a .22- caliber derringer and shot once, Larkin said. A struggle ensued.

The office receptionist ducked behind her desk and heard a second shot, Larkin said. Then Harvey Koch reportedly said, ″This is my brother. He has a gun. Call the police.″ As she fled the lobby, she heard a third shot, she told police.

When officers arrived they found Sol Koch sitting on a couch. The derringer had been tossed on top of his brother’s body.

″He killed my father. He killed my father,″ Larkin said Koch told the officers. ″Just shoot me, please.″ They found several more bullets in his pocket.

Larkin said Harvey Koch apparently checked the brothers’ father into a nursing home, where he died about four years ago.

Little was known about Sol Koch’s occupation or family background. Although he has no known record of mental illness, he seemed despondent during questioning, Larkin said.

″He’s asking us to put a bullet in his head,″ he said.

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