Airman arrested for murdering wife, says it was accident while teaching her to use gun

Brian Lebron-Rivera, mug shot courtesy Aurora police

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.

Brian Lebron-Rivera, mug shot courtesy Aurora police
Brian Lebron-Rivera, mug shot courtesy Aurora police

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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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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