Fayetteville, NC – A Fayetteville police officer and his wife were found shot to death inside their home on Friday evening.
The Fayetteville Police Department (FPD) responded to FPD Officer Domingo Tavarez-Rodriguez’s home in the 1300-block of Vandenberg Drive at approximately 6p.m. on April 28 after Officer Tavarez-Rodriguez didn’t show up for work after his regular set of days off, The Fayetteville Observer reported.
“When he failed to report and the supervisors were unable to contact him by phone, that’s what prompted them to go by and check on him at his residence,” FPD Chief Kemberle Braden said during a press conference later that night.
When police arrived at the 53-year-old officer’s two-story home in the River Glen neighborhood, they found him and his wife, Yenitza Arroyo Torres, shot to death inside, The Fayetteville Observer reported.
Chief Braden said the case is still under investigation, but he noted he does not have any reason to believe the fatal shooting is tied to Officer Tavarez-Rodriguez’s job.
“I don’t have any fear that officers are being targeted right now,” he said, according to The Fayetteville Observer.
Chief Braden said he does not know if a third party was involved in the double shooting or if it is a case of murder-suicide.
Officer Tavarez-Rodriguez purchased his home in 2017, according to The Fayetteville Observer.
The military veteran joined the FPD in 2021.
He was a newlywed, having just married Torres on Oct. 13, 2022, The Fayetteville Observer reported.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is handling the ongoing investigation, according to ABC News.
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