PORT RICHMOND, Pennsylvania — Two people, including an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, was found dead in a Port Richmond home Monday afternoon, authorities say.
According to police, a female officer and a man were found dead inside a home on the 2900 block of Mercer Street.
As investigators processed the scene, friends and family members waited and watched outside.
Friends tell Action News the man was a long-time acquaintance of the 1st District officer. Friends said she was 36 and he was 42.
“It’s shocking. It’s a big surprise, just awful,” said neighbor Richard Yuill. “It’s terrible to hear of anyone going, but she was just a really nice person.”
Friends said when she did not show up for her shift at work, officers came to check on the 14-year veteran of the force and made the discovery.
“We usually don’t have stuff like this going on around here, so something like that its a bit of a shock,” said neighbor Timothy Callahan. “I just want to know what happened.”
Residents watched as Philadelphia police spent most of Monday afternoon and evening on the block. Crime scene investigators processed the scene and detectives went in and out of the home.
Later, marked police cruisers followed the ambulance that transported the officer to the medical examiner’s office.
Police are not releasing the identity of the officer currently.
They said toxicology tests will be performed on both decedents.