Union honors Officers Rivera as Patrol officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy

Officer R. A. Rivera and Officer R. N. Rivera, partners riding Unit No. 16E21E, were dispatched to a suspicious person scene at a Fundruckers in the 9900 block of South Post Oak Road on Oct. 17.

They spoke with several witnesses and the complainant who said the suspect had threatened some employees at the hamburger restaurant with violence. The officers Rivera quickly discovered the suspect hiding behind a concrete pillar and found him carrying two semi-automatic pistols, 190 rounds of ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, handcuffs, gloves and a half-empty bottle of whiskey.

They detained this individual without incident and soon also discovered additional weapons in a backpack the suspect possessed. The officers determined that this man was the ex-boyfriend of a Fuddruckers who had showed up on premises highly intoxicated. He pulled a pistol and threatened the employees. He left after co-workers confronted him but returned a short time later when police were called.

Sgt. J. E. Reynaldo said in his nomination of the two Riveras as Patrol Officers of the Month, “It is my belief that if Officers Rivera and Rivera were not diligent and thorough in their investigation, the suspect would have done the unthinkable and started firing his weapons at innocent civilians inside the Fuddruckers restaurant in what could have been a mass shooting event.

“It is also my belief that the suspect was drinking heavily to build up the courage to begin a shooting rampage inside the business. If not for these two officers’ swift and diligent actions, the suspect would have not been apprehended and who knows what could have happened.

“The suspect was ultimately arrested and charged with a third degree felony, unlawfully carrying a weapon on a liquor licensed premise.