Police officer kills wife, himself amid family troubles

one year ago

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A Philadelphia cop has committed suicide after fatally shooting his estranged wife, said police.

The incident occurred on Monday morning when 39-year-old Jose Rodriguez opened fire several times at his wife, 36-year-old Ivelisse Rodriguez, in the living room before going to the basement and shooting himself dead.

The couple's two kids, ages 17 and 11, were not harmed.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said that it was "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."

Neighbors confirmed to investigators that the couple's relationship was deteriorating lately and that they were estranged.