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Washington Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Wife

We all know we have had thoughts of “accidentally” shooting someone that drives us crazy, like say a spouse.

For one Grant County Sheriff’s deputy, actually shooting someone accidentally wasn’t a laughing matter when he shot his wife a couple of days ago.

According to a press release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, shortly before 8:00 pm on Wednesday officers of the Moses Lake Police Department were dispatched to a report of an accidental shooting.

Grant County Sheriff Deputy Jose A. Rivera, 28 years old, called 911 reporting that he had accidentally shot his wife.

When officers arrived they found his wife, Sydney A. Rivera, 25, had sustained a single gunshot wound.

Moses Lake police say the wife did confirm it was a case of accidental shooting after she was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital, and later transferred to another medical facility. Sydney is currently listed in stable condition.

According to officials, as soon as the incident was reported, the Central Basin Investigative Team was activated due to Rivera’s employment in law enforcement. CBIT is comprised of detectives from agencies in the Grant and Adams county areas, and was formed to investigate officer involved shootings.

Authorities say the Moses Lake Police Department is the lead agency for this incident.

The investigation to this point shows that Jose Rivera was handling a firearm when it discharged, striking Sydney one time.

According to the department, Jose Rivera has worked for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office since January of 2016 as a patrol deputy. Previous to that, he worked for three years as an officer with the Royal City Police Department and is currently a member of the US Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force as well as the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team.

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