Moses Lake police

MOSES LAKE – Moses Lake police say a Grant County sheriff’s deputy shot his wife while handling a firearm inside their home Wednesday night.

Deputy Jose A. Rivera, 28, called 911 just before 8 p.m. reporting he had accidentally shot his wife, Sydney A. Rivera, 25, at their residence in the 1100 block of Lakeside Drive, according to Moses Lake police on Thursday.

Sydney Rivera sustained a single gunshot wound and was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital. She was later transferred to another hospital and is listed in stable condition, according to Capt. Mike Williams.

Sydney Rivera confirmed with officers at the hospital that the shooting was accidental, adding it was not "domestic violence related," Williams said.

The Central Basin Investigative Team was activated due to Rivera working for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Rivera was off-duty at the time.

Firearms and a spent casing were recovered in the home.

The Rivera’s 4-month-old child was the only other person in the residence at the time. Williams said there are no indications drugs or alcohol were involved.

Details of how Rivera was handling the gun were not released Thursday.

Jose Rivera has worked for the sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy since January of 2016. He also previously worked for three years with the Royal City Police Department. Rivera is a member of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force as well as the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team.

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