A Buckley Air Force Base airman is behind bars this morning, accused of manslaughter in the shooting death of his young wife.
21-year-old Airman First Class Brian Lebron–Rivera called the Aurora Police Dept and told them his gun went off and a bullet struck his wife in the head, while they were playing around with the handgun.
“Sir, I killed my wife, it was my fault,” Lebron-Rivera told officers, moments after reporting the shooting to dispatch on Thursday evening. The victim, 20-year-old Genesis Rodriguez, was found lying on the ground when officers arrived at the Aurora apartment complex.
According to the local ABC station, some neighbors have reported hearing loud noises coming from unit 305 at the Bristol Village apartments, where the couple had recently moved in.
Some neighbors say the story sounds a little fishy. Even if he thought the gun wasn’t loaded, which is what Lebron-Rivera is apparently claiming, he still would not point it at someone he didn’t intend to kill.
Lebron-Rivera is apparently cooperating with police. He’s being held at the Arapaho County Jail. A captain at Buckley Air Force Base said he was assigned to the 460th Security Forces Squadron.
“Any loss of human life is tragic; right now we are focusing on making sure family and Team Buckley members have the resources they need to cope with this loss,” Col. David Miller, 460th Space Wing commander told The Denver Channel.
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