Bronx, NY – An off-duty New York police officer was fatally shot by his father in a murder-suicide on Wednesday, according to investigators.
The incident occurred at a residence on Fteley Avenue near East 172nd Street on Aug. 2, the New York Post reported.
Police said 26-year-old off-duty New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Alexis Martinez 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.
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.
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
An NYPD spokesperson said a pregnant woman was found inside the home with a relative sometime after the shooting occurred, according to the New York Post.
She was admitted to a hospital in the wake of the incident “because she was emotional,” the department said.
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.
— NYPD Chaplains Unit (@NYPDchaplains) August 4, 2023
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.”
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
The motive is unknown.