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Monday, July 26, 2004

[NY] Brooklyn Officer Rivera arrested for assault, tampering, false report

Monday, July 26, 2004
[News Excerpts] Jeffrey Rivera, 23, of Jamaica, Queens, a New York City Police Officer who was assigned to the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn allegedly accidentally shot and wounded his girlfriend's 18-year-old sister. He was arrested on charges of assault, criminal tampering and filing a false report, police said... Police said the wounded woman was taken to Jamaica Hospital in guarded condition. She is the sister of a woman with whom the officer has a child... [Queens District Attorney Richard] Brown said that the complaint alleges that the defendant at 2:36 a.m. called 911, identified himself as a Police Officer and stated that he had been cleaning his handgun, that it accidentally went off and that he shot his sister-in-law. The District Attorney said that the complaint further alleges that later on July 22, 2004 a court authorized search warrant drafted by the District Attorney's Homicide Investigations Bureau was executed and the NYPD Crime Scene Investigation Unit recovered a disassembled 9 mm semiautomatic pistol and that no materials utilized to clean a pistol were observed... Brown said, "The defendant -- a recent Police Academy graduate -- is alleged to have recklessly shot and seriously injured his girlfriend’s 18-year-old sister and then to have tried to deceive police by disassembling the weapon... Fortunately, the victim survived her brush with death"...
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