Off-duty NYPD officer, father killed in suspected murder-suicide in Bronx

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
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SOUNDVIEW, Bronx (WABC) -- An off-duty NYPD officer was shot and killed in an apartment in the Soundview section of the Bronx on Wednesday.

The shooting happened in a Fteley Avenue apartment. The discovery was made around noon, but police think it could have happened earlier -- perhaps overnight.

It is being preliminarily investigated as an attempted murder-suicide. A gun was recovered at the scene.

Officials say a father shot his son, who is an off-duty officer, and then shot himself. Both the victims had gunshot wounds to the head.

An off duty NYPD officer was shot in an apartment in the Soundview section of the Bronx on Wednesday. Sonia Rincon is live with the breaking details.

The building's super said he heard the son's sister-in-law scream when she found them lying on a bed. He said the father and son are members of a hard-working and kind Dominican family.

The son, identified as Alexis Martinez, was supposed to be playing baseball Wednesday afternoon with a team of mostly cops, and when he didn't show up, they went to check on him.

Neighbors said the officer was working toward his detective shield and worked for the Bronx narcotics division. His father, according to neighbors, was a retired cab driver.

Relatives say the father struggled with mental health issues.

After a sea of salutes greeted Martinez's body as it was removed from his fourth floor three-bedroom apartment, the NYPD escorted the ambulance to a morgue in Queens.

There is no word yet on a motive as detectives continue going through the scene.

Few other details were released.

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