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Goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks’ death was accidental, medical examiner’s office says

Kivlenieks, 24, died from a fireworks mortar blast and chest trauma, according to Inspector Mitch Brown of the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The death was ruled accidental after a full autopsy was conducted by the Oakland County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic, Brown said.
Novi Police Department Lt. Jason Meier told CNN that the chest injury from the fireworks resulted in internal injuries.
Earlier on Monday, Meier had said there seemed to be a malfunction that sent the fireworks in the direction of people. Kivlenieks and others were in a hot tub and when they tried to get out, Kivlenieks slipped, fell, and hit his head on the concrete, Meier had said.
Emergency responders were dispatched for an injury call at 10:13 p.m. Kivlenieks was taken to Ascension Providence Hospital and pronounced dead, Meier said.
Kivlenieks on the ice following an American Hockey League game between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Cleveland Monsters on December 13, 2019.
Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson said: “We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, Astrida, his family and friends during this devastating time. Kivi was an outstanding young man who greeted every day and everyone with a smile and the impact he had during his four years with our organization will not be forgotten.”
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman shared his condolences on behalf of the league.
“The National Hockey League was saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic passing of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks,” Bettman said in a statement.
“On behalf of the NHL family, we extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates in both the Blue Jackets organization and his native country of Latvia. His love for life and passion for the game will be deeply missed by all those who have been fortunate to have him as a teammate and a friend.”
Kivlenieks signed with Columbus as a free agent in 2017. In eight career games with the team, he went 2-2-2 with a 3.09 goal-against average (GAA).
From 2017-21, the goaltender played for the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, where he had a 33-35-9 record with a 3.31 GAA and three shutouts in 85 career games.
Kivlenieks represented Latvia at several international tournaments, including the world championships in May and June where in four games he went 1-2 with a 2.18 GAA and one shutout. That shutout came in Latvia’s first-ever win over Canada on the first day of the tournament.

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Toddler’s accidental shooting led to father’s arrest

Toddler's accidental shooting led to father's arrest

Toddler’s accidental shooting led to father’s arrest in case of man killed in Marq-E parking lot.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A shocking connection was revealed in the murder of a 37-year-old man who was killed in front of his family on Easter Sunday at a west Houston entertainment complex.

A shell casing found in the parking lot and surveillance video from the Marq-E Entertainment Center played a role in helping investigators, but it was the suspect’s own son shooting himself four days later that ultimately led to his arrest.

On April 4, Miguel Vasquez was leaving the Dave and Buster’s at the entertainment center with his 10-year-old daughter when he was shot and killed. His daughter wasn’t harmed during the attack.

Nicholas Thomas, 23, has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting.

Prosecutors say Thomas may have targeted Vasquez for the watch he was wearing.

Thomas is seen on surveillance video approaching Vasquez, putting him in a chokehold, demanding his watch and shooting him, prosecutors say.

ORIGINAL STORY: Father shot to death in front of 10-year-old daughter during robbery in Marq-E parking lot

The suspect got away after the shooting.

Vasquez ran for help to off-duty officers working security, but later died at a hospital. Authorities said they do not believe the suspect got away with anything.

In the days following the killing, police released a sketch of the suspect and video showing a white sedan leaving the parking lot at the time of the shooting.

Just four days after the Dave and Buster’s shooting, prosecutors say Thomas’ 3-year-old son got a hold of the same gun he used and shot himself.

Police were able to tie the bullet in that case to a shell casing located at the Dave and Buster’s deadly shooting.

Prosecutors say it wasn’t just that. They say surveillance video also tied Thomas to the scene.

“The vehicle that was seen in the surveillance video matched the vehicle that was registered to the defendant’s girlfriend’s mother, who stated that the girlfriend was the primary driver, and then found that this defendant was actually a primary driver as well,” officials read in court Wednesday.

Thomas’ attorney asked for his bond to be set at $ 30,000, but prosecutors didn’t want any bond at all.

Ultimately, the judge set his bond at $ 150,000.

Thomas is due back in court Friday.

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16-year-old dies in accidental shooting inside abandoned home in east Harris County, investigators say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Investigators believe a 16-year-old was accidentally shot while he and three others were handling a handgun inside an abandoned home on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded at about 1:18 p.m. to the 12800 block of Flagstaff Lane, which is located near Beaumont Highway and S. Lake Houston Parkway.

The teen was transported to the hospital with critical injuries before he was pronounced dead.

Major Susan Cotter of the sheriff’s office said there were four juveniles in the home, all 16 or 17 years old. Deputies believe the boy was killed due to an accidental discharge of the firearm.

The sheriff’s office added the victim was hit in the chest and a 17-year-old boy admitted to handling the gun when it went off.

The three remaining teens were released to their families. The case is being referred to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for potential charges.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News the home where the shooting took place had been through a fire and, after it was partially rebuilt, flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Deputies believe the teens were skipping school when they gathered at the home.

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