The San Jose Mercury News is reporting on a presumed murder-suicide involving a San Jose police officer.

A San Jose police sergeant and his wife were found dead in their Gilroy home overnight, and investigators believe it was a murder-suicide, multiple sources told this newspaper.

Neither San Jose police or Gilroy police would not immediately comment on the reports.

Sources identify the officer as Christopher Shimek, a veteran officer. He and his wife, Lynn, lived in Gilroy with two children, who were not injured.

Devon Shimek, Christopher Shimek’s father, reached by phone in Oregon on Monday morning, didn’t have much to say.

“I heard he’s dead,” the elder Shimek said. “I didn’t know he had any troubles. I don’t know what happened.”

Developing story: San Jose cop, wife found dead in Gilroy home 28 November,2011Rachel Dornhelm


Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

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