Police: Officer, wife dead in apparent murder-suicide

July 8, 2019 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia say that an officer and his estranged wife were found dead inside a home and that they are investigating it as a murder-suicide.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says couple’s 17-year-old daughter called police to check on her parents after she could not reach one of them. They also have an 11-year-old son.

The victim, 36-year-old Evelyse Rodriguez, was found in a dining room with gunshot wounds. The officer, 39-year-old Jose Rodriguez, was found in the basement with a self-inflicted gunshot.

Ross says the 11-year veteran had been supposed to work Sunday night but didn’t show up. He calls it “a very tragic and sad day for us.”