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NYPD cop and dad found dead in Bronx apartment in possible murder-suicide: Sources

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A NYPD officer was found dead along with his father in what is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide in the Bronx, according to sources.

Officers responded to an apartment on Fteley Avenue in the Soundview neighborhood around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said, where they found two men unresponsive with gunshot wounds to their heads. Both men were pronounced dead.

Law enforcement sources told NBC New York that one of the men found dead was an off-duty narcotics detective who has been working in the borough since 2018. The other man was his father, a former cab driver, sources said.

The incident was being investigated as a possible murder-suicide, though it was not immediately clear who may have shot whom, according to law enforcement sources. The 25-year-old officer was supposed to be at a softball game Wednesday afternoon, but when he didn't show, members of the team went to the apartment and found both men dead, sources told NBC New York.

In a letter from NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban, the officer was identified as Alexis Martinez.

A gun was recovered at the scene, as well as multiple shell casings, police said. Witnesses said they heard screaming inside the apartment at one point.

Neighbors described the family as very good people. Friends of Martinez described him as a a community-focused and caring cop who served as a neighborhood coordination officer, volunteering his time to play basketball with teens before joining the ranks of the Bronx narcotics detectives.

His wife, who is pregnant, was rushed to the hospital, overcome with grief.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark was at the scene during the afternoon, alongside top NYPD brass tried to determine what happened. An investigation is ongoing.

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