A serving West Mercia Police officer and a three-year-old child have been found dead at an address in Worcestershire, the force said.
The force says the pair's deaths are 'unexplained.'
"On arrival officers found the man, aged 39, and a three-year-old child had sadly passed away," the force's statement said.
Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones said: “It is with great sadness that I share the news that a serving police officer and a three year old child have passed away.
While the circumstances of the deaths are not fully known, this is clearly a tragic incident and our deepest condolences are with family and colleagues.”
The pair's bodies were found at a home in Cairndhu Drive, in the town's north east.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called to reports of a medical emergency at a property on Cairndhu Drive at 9.21am.
"Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and our Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene.
"Sadly, it quickly became apparent that neither patient could be saved and they were confirmed dead at the scene."
Earlier, West Mercia Police said on Twitter: "We have launched an investigation into the deaths, which are currently being treated as unexplained.
" It is with great sadness that we share this news today."