July 13, 1996 in Nation/World

Three Police Officers Found Dead In California House

Associated Press
 
Tags:Death

The bodies of three off-duty police officers were found inside a house Friday by police responding to a 911 call. The deaths were being treated as a double murder-suicide.

A man and a woman were found in one bedroom, along with a 9 mm handgun, which appeared to have been fired recently. A second man was found in another bedroom, said police Lt. Mike Wolfe.

Wolfe said it was not immediately clear how the three died.

The house was being rented by two police officers, Patty Garcia of the El Cajon Police Department and Guillermo de la Cruz of the Los Angeles Police Department, said Roy Williamson, who owns the house.

Williamson said Garcia and de la Cruz met at the police academy and moved into the house on June 10.

LAPD Officer Don Cox said de la Cruz, 29, had been with the department since April 1995.

The 911 call was made by a woman who said she needed help, Wolfe said.

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