Bronx, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Alexis Martinez was fatally shot by his father during a murder-suicide incident on Wednesday, according to investigators.
The shooting occurred at a residence on Fteley Avenue near East 172nd Street on Aug. 2, the New York Post reported.
Police said the 26-year-old officer was asleep in bed when his father shot him in the head, according to the New York Daily News.
The father then laid down beside his son’s body and fatally shot himself, police said.
Investigators said the man used Officer Martinez’s duty weapon to carry out his plan, the New York Daily News reported.
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
The motive is unknown.
Officer Martinez was a member of a baseball team comprised of law enforcement officers.
His teammates went to his residence at about noon on Wednesday after he failed to show up for a game and found the bodies of the slain officer and his father, the New York Daily News reported.
Officer Martinez joined the NYPD in 2018 and was assigned to the agency’s narcotics division in the Bronx at the time of his murder, the New York Post reported.
He previously served in upper Manhattan in the NYPD’s 34th Precinct, according to the New York Daily News.
Officer Martinez was also a graduate of John Jay College, where he majored in criminal justice, News 12 reported.
He was working towards earning his detective shield when he was killed, according to WPIX.
“Our hearts are heavy as we honor our fallen brother, Police Officer Alexis Martinez, who was tragically taken from us earlier today,” New York City Police Commissioner Edward Caban tweeted on Wednesday night. “We stand by his family and fellow officers as they face this unspeakable loss. Please keep our officer and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”
Our hearts are heavy as we honor our fallen brother, Police Officer Alexis Martinez, who was tragically taken from us earlier today. Alex was a friend, a little brother, a great baseball player and a hell of a cop. He will be tremendously missed, but never forgotten. 💙💙 pic.twitter.com/2gLGh3rbuY
— Dago™ (@REMYROCK180) August 3, 2023
We are sadden by the passing of our brother, Police Officer Alexis Martinez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time. 🙏🏾 #neverforget #FidelisAdMortem pic.twitter.com/JjdDreh1U0
— NYPD GALEA (@galea112) August 3, 2023
Our hearts are heavy as we honor our fallen brother, Police Officer Alexis Martinez, who was tragically taken from us earlier today. We stand by his family and fellow officers as they face this unspeakable loss. Please keep our officer and his loved ones in your thoughts and… pic.twitter.com/DK5gHMsp4R
— Edward A. Caban (@NYPDPC) August 3, 2023
On behalf of the entire Employee Relations Bureau we extend our deepest condolences 💐 to the family, friends and 💙 blue family of Police Officer Alexis Martinez shield # 15160 assigned to Narcotics Boro Bronx. End of Watch – 08/02/2023. @nypdeau_1085 @NYPDchaplains @NYDO_1993 pic.twitter.com/pJw910giyn
— Deputy Commissioner Employee Relations Lisa White (@NYPDdcer) August 4, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Officer Alexis Martinez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.