Bodies Of Philly Police Officer And Wife Found After Apparent Murder-Suicide

Holly Matkin

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said that the couple has two children, ages 17 and 11.

Philadelphia, PA – A veteran Philadelphia police officer fatally shot his wife before he turned the gun on himself, according to police.

The bodies of 39-year-old Philadelphia Police Officer Jose Rodriguez and his 36-year-old wife, Ivelisse Rodriguez, were discovered by Philadelphia fire officials at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Monday, KYW reported.

Officers attempted to check on the 11-year veteran-of-the-force earlier that day after he failed to show up for work, but were unable to reach him.

The fire department later responded to the Juniata Park residence after the officer’s 17-year-old daughter reported that she hadn’t been able to reach her parents.

After forcing entry, fire personnel found Officer Rodriguez’s wife dead in the dining room from multiple gunshot wounds.

Officer Rodriguez’s body was located in the basement with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Police also found a handgun lying next to the veteran officer’s body, WPVI reported.

Investigators said they believe the murder-suicide occurred sometime during the night, according KYW.

“Right now we’re surmising, even though it’s very early in the investigation, that the male, who is an active duty Philadelphia police officer, shot and killed the female, who is his wife, and then went down in the basement and turned the gun on himself,” Philadelphia Police Captain Sekou Kinebrew told WHYY.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 11:34 a.m., WPVI reported.

“Our heart breaks for this entire family,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Neighbors said that Officer Rodriguez and his wife were a kind, quiet couple, but that they had not been living together for many years.

Ivelisse’s relatives said that she and the couple’s two children, ages 11 and 17, moved out approximately 10 years ago, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“It’s very unfortunate that you have these two lives that have been ended this way, but also we got a 17-year-old and 11-year-old who lost both their parents,” the commissioner said, according to KYW.

Commissioner Ross said that it is important for law enforcement officers to get help for mental health issues.

“Ironically we had just put out some messaging just last week about this issue encouraging officers with any concerns they may have about their mental health to seek that type of help and not be concerned about any stigma,” he told WHYY.

"We’re seeing an epidemic nationally with police suicides, but we’re hoping that officers, as well as civilian personnel — because they deal with a great deal of trauma that most people never hear or see as well — that they avail themselves of any help that they may need," Commissioner Ross added, according to KYW.

"We want to get people to the point where they know there is no shame in reaching out and getting assistance," the commissioner stressed, according to WCAU. "You need to seek help and not be afraid to do so."

Comments (6)

These are always sad and preventable tragedies.

With that said, the "we want them to know that there is no shame (blah, blah, blah)" crap from administrators is one of the main reasons LEO's will not ask for help.

Before the resident idiots and cop-haters chime in with their fantasy view of a cops life I only ask one thing of anybody on here that does now or ever has worn a badge. Please absolutely ignore these idiots. No response, no remarks, no anything. Do not give them the satisfaction of knowing that you may even have read their rubbish.

The reality is that anyone with even a month on the road has learned that asking for assistance, as these political mopes espouse, is a guaranteed end to your career. Always has been, always will be. The "confidentiality" bullshit is exactly that. The minute a LEO would walk out of a Drs' office after discussing depression or anxiety they will be reported to their Department. Not maybe. Absolutely. It is not only the Law, but precedence in the civil arena.

It wouldn't take long before the word got down to supervisors and your assignments would be changed (for the worse) and the silent treatment begins. Your co-workers pick up on these changes almost instantly, probably unconsciously. Pretty soon your cover always seems to get lost, you realize you haven't been door-to-door in a month and everybody is too busy for coffee. Then comes that fateful event...probably something that you and everybody else has been doing for years...followed by IA.

So, bosses: Until you get off your collective political asses and hold your staff accountable for maintaining real confidentiality, actually support your Officers when they do their jobs and quit screwing the troops, this stuff will continue.

My 27 years on, now retired for 12, allows me to pontificate.

Be safe out there and ignore the trolls.

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Sadly, I believe that the rise in suicides is connected to the negative attitudes towards LEOs in our country. All the things they see and do are hard enough. The negativity provides the final straw.😢💙💙💙


This is all part of BLM' s agenda.