North Carolina Cop, Wife Found Shot Dead in Fayetteville Home

A North Carolina police officer and his wife were found shot to death Friday night when the officer failed to show up for his shift at work.

Fayetteville Police Chief Kemberle Braden said that Domingo Tavarez-Rodriguez, 53, was due to return from his regular days off at 6 p.m. Friday. When he didn’t come in for work, supervisors went to his home, where they found him and Yenitza Arroyo Torres dead from gunshot wounds, the Fayetteville Observer said.

Braden told the paper that he didn’t know yet if a third part was involved or if the deaths were a murder-suicide, but he said he doesn’t believe the officer was killed because of his job.

“I don’t have any fear that officers are being targeted right now,” Braden said.

Investigators have also said they don’t believe there is any threat to the public. Because a police officer is involved, the State Bureau of Investigation is handling the probe into the shooting.

A spokesperson told the Observer that no details were available, including whether they are looking for a suspect.

Braden said that Tavarez-Rodriguez, retired from the military, joined the Fayetteville force in 2021. Records show that he bought the home in 2017 and that he and Arroyo Torres were newlyweds, married on October 13, 2022, the Observer said.

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[Featured image: Domingo Tavarez-Rodriguez/Fayetteville Police Department]