Sheriff who accidentally shot wife returns to work
A US sheriff who accidentally shot his wife last summer has been cleared to return to work.
Deputy Jose Rivera, who lives in Washington, pleaded guilty to one count of reckless endangerment after an incident in August last year when he accidentally shot his wife, Sydney Rivera.
He was sentenced to 364 days in jail but the bulk of that sentence was suspended with the rest converted to community service.
Ms Rivera survived the incident in which a bullet went through her right arm and lodged in her chest.
According to local media reports, Mr and Mrs Rivera cooperated fully with investigating officers and both maintained that there was no malicious intent to the incident.
The Columbia Basin Herald say that Mr Rivera was testing the laser on the gun and pointed the loaded gun at his wife before accidentally pulling the trigger.
Announcing his return to work, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said that Deputy Rivera "is a valued member of our department who made a mistake."