Wednesday night at around 7:50 p.m. 28-year-old Jose A. Rivera called 911 to report he had accidentally shot his wife. Rivera was handling the weapon at the time it went off. Rivera is a deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and was off-duty at the time.
His wife, 25-year-old Sydney A. Rivera had sustained a single gunshot wound. She was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital, and later transferred to another medical facility. She was conscious when transported, and officers were able to speak with her at the hospital. Sydney confirmed the incident was not domestic violence related. She is in stable condition.
At the time of the shooting, the Rivera’s four month old child was the only other person in the house. There are no indications that alcohol and/or drugs were involved in the incident.
Jose Rivera has worked for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office since January of 2016 as a patrol deputy. The Central Basin Investigative Team is investigating with Moses Lake Police Department taking the lead.